As you may already know, Yao went to London to be a CCTV5 television commentator for Chinese basketball games. Unfortunately, the Chinese team lost all 5 of their games at the Olympics by an average of 25.2 points.
After their last defeat against Great Britain that knocked the Chinese out of the Games, Yao rushed down to interview and console Chinese player Wang ZhiZhi, who probably played in his last Olympic games.
Click here to see more photos of Yao and Wang ZhiZhi, courtesy of Raymond in the forum.
Meanwhile, Yao was recently asked about some of the controversies that had fallen upon some Chinese athletes in other Olympic sports. Regarding the amazing performance by Chinese woman swimmer Ye Shiwen, whose time in the final 50 meters of her 400m medley was quicker than U.S. winner Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the men’s competition, Yao responded to accusations from people like American coach John Leonard (not part of the US Olympic team) that it was “impossible” without some kind of doping to help her.
“Ye jumped out from nowhere to take away the glories that the Americans thought belonged to them for a long time,
“It’s not a good feeling, same feeling for us if someone takes away the gold medal from the Chinese on table tennis. But I think the Americans were not gentlemen when they said like that.”
“I can understand the Americans, who dominated the pool for decades. It’s a common reaction. It happened when (Jamaican sprinter) Usain Bolt emerged, and it happened again on Ye.”
Yao also commented on the two Chinese badminton players, Yu Wang and Wang Xiaoli, for being two of eight players disqualified from women’s doubles competition for trying to lose matches. The top seeds were among four pairs who tried to lose their final group matches to secure a favorable quarter-final draw. But many observers criticized the unusual pool format as open to manipulation. Yao stated…
“Same kind of things happened in basketball. It’s a simple question. Is the match-fixing scandal right? Does a gold medal value more than anything else?”.
“My stand is clear, and I accept different opinions. People have different attitudes to the Olympics and I must say some sports need to polish the rules.”
“I feel really sorry for the punished players. They are the victims.”
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Now that the Chinese have been eliminated from basketball competition, Yao will not continue commenting on any of the remaining basketball games. Raymond reports that Yao will probably go to Africa this week for some United Nations environmental and wildlife protection campaigns and activities.