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Yao Ming visits China's 'basketball city'

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: March 11, 2021 L M S

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Chinese basketball icon Yao Ming meets Shen Zhijiang, Party secretary of Zhuji on March 1. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]

Zhuji, a county-level city in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, is doing a good job hosting the 2020-21 season of the Chinese Basketball Association league, according to CBA chairman Yao Ming on March 1.

"I used to play here. The city has a history of hosting national basketball games. Many thanks to the people and government for their supports," said the Chinese basketball icon during his visit.

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Yao Ming poses with local government officials in Zhuji, Zhejiang province on March 1. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]

Shen Zhijiang, Party secretary of Zhuji, said the city is the first batch of "national basketball cities" named by the General Administration of Sports of China. Every village has its own courts and games between village teams is a common thing.

Shen and Yao exchanged ideas on how to host CBA games for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs inside a bio-secure bubble, where strict COVID-19 prevention regulations are in place.

Yao added that the league will work with local healthcare authorities to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 infection and promote the city's culture and history via the games' national broadcast.