Chinese basketball team aims qualification for Tokyo 2020
Beijing, March 13: The Chinese men's national basketball team is aiming to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and to make their best effort to achieve good results, Yao Ming, president of the Chinese Basketball Association, has said.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, which will be held in China from August 31 to September 15, will be a vital test for Chinese men's national basketball team. "To achieve direct access to the Tokyo Olympics, we must be first in the Asian Zone of the World Cup," said Yao.
It will be the first time ever for the tournament to be held in the world's most populous country, reports Xinhua news agency.
"I hope some Chinese basketball players can come to the fore through this event and be remembered even after a decade," Yao said.
Yao, also a CPPCC National committee member, submitted a proposal to China's top advisory body last year about promoting "small basketball," which features a smaller size ball, a lower basket and a smaller area to help youth of different ages to avoid injury.
"A hundred thousand small basketball players have been enrolled in the Chinese Basketball Association after one year. We hope the promotion of small basketball can gain more support from parents, which is of great importance to lay a solid foundation for China's basketball development," he added.