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Yao Ming selected to hold Chinese flag at Olympic opening ceremony

2008-08-07 17:21:00 Xinhuanet

 

Chinese backbone basketball player Yao Ming runs with the torch during the torch relay in Beijing, capital of China, August 6, 2008. Deputy chef-de-mission of the Chinese sports delegation Cui Dalin said on Wednesday that Yao Ming will hold the national flag of China at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. (Xinhua/Luo Xiaoguang)

BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese basketball player and NBA star Yao Ming has been picked to hold the national flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday night.

Cui Dalin, deputy head of the Chinese Olympic delegation, made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Only those athletes with high sport caliber, good sport ethics and good public image could be chosen to carry the nation's flag, Cui said. "We have many such athletes, and we decided to pick Yao Ming after careful consideration."

Yao carried China's national flag at the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games four years ago.

Chinese famous basketball player Yao Ming holds Chinese national flag as the Olympic Delegation of the People's Republic of China parades into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 28th Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece, Aug.13, 2004. Deputy chef-de-mission of the Chinese sports delegation Cui Dalin said on Wednesday that Yao Ming will hold the national flag of China at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)