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  • Updated: 8:32am

The wait is over

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 August, 2003, 12:00am

IT'S THE DAY local basketball fans have been waiting for. Tonight 22-year-old NBA superstar Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets will play for the Chinese national team against Australia's Melbourne Tigers at the Hong Kong Coliseum.


He will be joined by the Toronto Raptors' Mengke Bateer for the exhibition match which is part of the post-Sars Re-launch Hong Kong Campaign.


The China team thrilled fans in an exhibition game and skills challenge at Southorn Stadium yesterday. Read more about it tomorrow.


Star players' profiles:


YAO MING


Position: centre


Date of birth: September 12, 1980


From: Shanghai


Height: 7 feet 5 inches


Weight: 296 lbs


Team: Houston Rockets


MENGKE BATEER


Position: centre


Date of birth: November 20, 1975


From: Mongolia


Height: 6 feet 11 inches


Weight: 290 lbs


Team: Toronto Raptors


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