Former NBA All-Star Yao Ming visits SAR to discuss 15th National Games

Retired Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming visited Macau as part of his role as president of the Chinese Basketball Association and held a meeting with general manager Ho Iat Seng to discuss the organization of the 15th National Games, which will be jointly organized by Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao in 2025.

According to a government dispatch, the former NBA All-Star recalled that the Chinese Basketball Association had encountered many difficulties in holding various competitions during the pandemic and thanked the SAR government’s support in the pandemic. organization of the 2021 Men’s Basketball 3×3 Superleague at the East Asian Games in Macau. Dome.

During his visit, Yao toured the city’s sports complexes and athlete training facilities, considering Macau has “good sports infrastructure” to stage the events included in the 15th National Games.

Social Affairs and Culture Secretary Elsie Ao Ieong U told the meeting that major sporting events could help attract foreign teams to the ASMR, as well as tourists who come to watch these competitions and visit, thus helping to promote the development of sports tourism. in Macau.

The secretary also hopes that in the future there will be more opportunities for cooperation with the Chinese Basketball Association in co-hosting major sporting events.

Ho Iat Seng also stressed that he hopes more international sports competitions will be held in Macao in the future.

As reported by the Macau News Agency, a New East Asia Super League (EASL) format will feature a new professional basketball team franchise named Bay Area Chun Yu Phoenixes, made up of athletes from Macau, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan, and involving a possible possibly as high as US$13 million.

After a career with the CBA’s Shanghai Sharks, Yao became the third Chinese player to join an NBA team, playing eight seasons for the Houston Rockets.

Center Yao was selected eight times to start the NBA All-Star Game Western Conference and was named to the All-NBA Team five times, earning him an induction into the NBA Hall of Fame.

He is also a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

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