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Yao Ming to go back to China for charitable fund-raising tour

07-15-2010 10:19 BJT

HOUSTON, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese basketball star Yao Ming said here on Tuesday that he will fly back to China this week for a charitable fund-raising tour.

In an interview with Xinhua, the 2.26-meter, All-Star center said seven NBA players will join him in the tour to raise fund for the Yao Ming Foundation. They include Baron Davis, Brandon Jennings, Hasheem Thabeet, DaJuan Summers, Amir Johnson, and a pair of Yao's teammates -- Aaron Brooks and Chase Budinger.

They will play two matches, one with China's national basketball team in Beijing, and the other with the Shanghai Sharks, a team owned by Yao, Yao said.

"The matches are for charity purpose so we will not care much about who win and who lose," he said.

But Yao, who sat out last season following reconstructive foot surgery, added that his physical condition does not allow him to play.

The tour will also include fund-raising banquets and other charitable events.

The Yao Ming Foundation was established in 2008 in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan Province.

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