Ex-NBA star Yao not coming to S'pore for Merlion Cup
FORMER National Basketball Association (NBA) star Yao Ming will not be making a stopover in Singapore during this week's Merlion Cup.
Various media had reported earlier this month that the Chinese star, whose Shanghai Sharks are set to feature in the six-team tournament, would be in the Republic for a three-day visit.
But the Basketball Association of Singapore issued a statement yesterday saying that he had more pressing matters to attend to.
"The Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) has just been informed that basketball legend and owner of the Shanghai Sharks Yao Ming will not be coming to Singapore for the Merlion Cup.
"While this is unfortunate, BAS hopes to see him back in Singapore's shores in the near future.
"Meanwhile, be sure to catch Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks take on some of the best teams in Asia at the Merlion Cup from Sept 21 to 25 at the OCBC Arena."
Besides Yao's Sharks, the other teams in the tournament are Asean Basketball League (ABL) champions Westports Malaysia Dragons, Seoul Samsung Thunders, Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, Philippines Mighty Sports and ABL runners-up and hosts Singapore Slingers.
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