July 21, 2006
CORRECTED-Yao Ming says not worried about foot injury
Adds dropped name in opening paragraph
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's towering NBA player Yao Ming
has declared his foot injury a non-issue ahead of August's
World Championship warm-up games against America and Brazil in
the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Everything's going really smoothly," Yao told reporters at a
news conference on Friday.
The 7ft-5in 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 in Japan on
Wearing a pair of starched-white basketball sneakers and
walking without a trace of discomfort, Yao said there were no
worries about his recovery.
"Do I look like a guy with a foot injury?" he asked.
Yao's comments followed his appearance at a press
conference launching a series of public service announcements
promoting the Special Olympics to be held in his home town,
Shanghai, in 2007.
As a Special Olympics ambassador, Yao said he was happy to
make a contribution to the Games.
"Society cares for me and I care for society," he said.