English home Forum Photo Gallery Features Newsletter Archive   About US Help Site Map
- Newsletter
- Online Community
- China Biz Info
- News Archive
- Feedback
- Voices of Readers
- Weather Forecast
 RSS Feeds
- China 
- Business 
- World 
- Sci-Edu 
- Culture/Life 
- Sports 
- Photos 
- Most Popular 
- FM Briefings 
 About China
- China at a glance
- China in brief 2004
- Chinese history
- Constitution
- Laws & regulations
- CPC & state organs
- Ethnic minorities
- Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping

Home >> Sports
UPDATED: 08:00, July 11, 2006
Yao rejoins national team in Guangzhou
font size    

Houston Rockets' centre Yao Ming joined China's national team training camp in Guangzhou on Sunday, bringing him closer to his long-awaited appearance at the World Championships in Japan next month.

Injured Yao took part in a training session with teammates for the first time since coming back from the United States on June 22.

"I feel quite good and now I am able to follow the squad in the training camp," said Yao. "I am looking forward to my chance at the World Championships as it is a great preparation for the Beijing Olympics two years later. I hope we can make the final eight in Japan."

Yao suffered a fractured foot in his team's 85-83 loss to Utah Jazz on April 11, when Andrei Kirilenko stepped on it as he scored a first-quarter basket on a rebound.

He underwent surgery the same week in the United States and doctors suggested he would be sidelined for an estimated six months and miss out on the championships, which start on August 19.

"He is getting better day by day," said Li Yuanwei, director of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). "His recovery is much faster than we expected but it is yet to heal completely."

The 2.26-metre sensation has returned to the court much earlier than expected. His doctors believe he will be fully fit by around August 1 if his recovery goes well.

He started personal training on June 1 in Beijing but missed the team's warm-up series in Italy a week before.

According to his agent team, Yao will skip another round of matches at the end of this month in France but is likely to play in the Three-Nations in Guangzhou on August 7 against the star-studded United States and Brazil.

Yao averaged 22.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocked shots, 1.5 assists and 34.6 minutes in 56 starts in the NBA this season, his fourth since being drafted by the Rockets in 2002. The four-time All-Star was sidelined for 21 games earlier in the season because of a toe injury and later missed a game due to a sore calf.

Source: China Daily

Comments on the story Comment on the story Recommend to friends Tell a friend Print friendly Version Print friendly format Save to disk Save this

- Text Version
- RSS Feeds
- China Forum
- Newsletter
- People's Comment
- Most Popular
 Related News
- Toronto has first pick in weak draft

- Yao to take his time in recuperation from foot injury, official

- Yao's return lights China's hopes


Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.
Copyright by People's Daily Online, all rights reserved