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Yao helps Houston try to get World Cup

September 10th, 2010
by John

It’s been pretty quiet for Yao recently as he continues his workouts in preparation for training camp in a couple of weeks. But he did take time out on Thursday to greet members of the FIFA delegation who came to Houston to checkout Reliant Stadium and the convention center to see if they were suitable venues if the U.S. is awarded the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Here’s a video where Yao is interviewed on why he thinks Houston would be a great World Cup host (excuse the very short commercial at the beginning).

Here’s the article that appeared on the Fox Houston Web site:

HOUSTON – The city of Houston Thursday hosted members of the FIFA delegation who are considering the United States as the location for a future World Cup.

Mayor Annise Parker and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair greeted the delegation at Reliant Stadium, one of the venues included in the U.S. bid.

The delegation and members of the U.S. Bid Committee took a brief tour of the stadium.

Houston is one of five cities visited by this week by the delegation, which arrived in New York on Monday.

The delegation is also looking at sites in Washington D.C., Miami and Dallas as World Cup venues in either 2018 or 2022.

After touring Reliant Stadium, the delegation and the U.S. Host Committee visited the George R. Brown Convention Center, which would serve as the international media center for the World Cup.

They met with Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and Houston Dynamo star Brian Ching.

Both athletes said they hope Houston will eventually be tapped to host the event.

“I feel it’s a very good opportunity to have the World Cup come to Houston,” Yao said.

Ching was also enthusiastic about the city’s ability to participate in the event.

“I think the diversity here is right for the sport. I think it would be great for the Houston economy,” Ching said.

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