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UPDATED: 18:18, July 22, 2006
Yao appears as Ambassador to Special Olympics
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Chinese NBA star Yao Ming has been named Goodwill Ambassador to the Shanghai Special Olympic Games in 2007.

Houston Rockets center Yao appeared at a press conference here on Friday afternoon, launching a series of public service announcements promoting the Special Olympics.

"The mentally-retarded people need more attention from the society. These athletes move me a lot with their effort and courage," said the 2.26m Shanghai native.

Yao was left home nursing a foot injury while his teammates are on a European tour building up for the World Championship in Japan in August.

The Chinese team lost their warm-up match to Lithuania 96-75 on Friday in Strasbourg, France.

By Xinhua

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