It’s not much of a surprise, but it was confirmed Yao will not be playing for the Chinese National Team again, including the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Bummer for Chinese hoops fans.
On a lighter note, Yao received many awards from various Chinese sports groups a couple of days ago at a ceremony in Beijing attended by about 200 people.
Many top sports officials were there as well as some of Yao’s former coaches from the Chinese National Team. Yao received the following awards:
– The State General Administration of Sports awarded him with a Sports Honorary Medal
– The Chinese Olympic Committee awarded him with a Chinese Olympic Gold Medal
– The Chinese Basketball Association awarded him the China Award for Outstanding Contribution to Basketball, and made him an Honorary National Team member for Life (which is stitched on to the jersey above)
Click here for more photos from the event and Raymond’s report in the forum.