June 26, 2006

Yao Ming should take no risks to play in worlds: CBA

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's injured center Yao Ming is
under no pressure to play at next month's world championship in
Japan, according to the commissioner of the Chinese Basketball
Association (CBA).

The four-times NBA All Star broke his left foot playing for
Houston Rockets on April 11, putting in doubt his participation
in basketball's international showpiece starting on August 19.

"We will by no means urge him to play the world
championship in Japan," commissioner Li Yuanwei told state news
agency Xinhua. "He should be fully recovered before considering
coming back for the world championship.

"We do not want him to take any risks, he can take his time
in recuperation."

Yao, 25, returned to China last week and will join the
national squad in Beijing next week from his home in Shanghai.

Zhang Mingji, head of "Team Yao," said his cousin's
recuperation was going well.

"He has a good chance to recover in time," Zhang told
Xinhua. "Yao himself wanted very much to play, but the CBA
officials told him not to hurry."