Basketball World Cup fever has struck Amman this week with the arrival of the actual trophy that Jordan will be playing for at the FIBA World Cup in China next month.
The trophy is touring the world ahead of the start of the tournament on August 31, with the Jordan Basketball Federation using the opportunity to garner support for the national team as it makes its final preparations for a second appearance in the event.
The trophy will be presented to the public at the Amman Citadel on Thursday from 5pm -8pm.
The Secretary General of the Basketball Federation, Nabil Abu Atta, highlighted its importance. “We are delighted to welcome the trophy to Amman which will further increase the excitement and anticipation for our involvement next month,” he said.
“It provides a great chance for fans to get pictures with the trophy, and find out more about the event, as well as to meet players from our national men and women’s teams.
The World Cup’s tour kicked off on May 23 from the Chinese capital Beijing and will visit 23 countries, including Jordan and Tunisia, before arriving back for the start. Jordan will be playing in Group G alongside the Dominican Republic, France and Germany.