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Yao brings daughter home on first visit

BASKETBALL star Yao Ming returned to Shanghai with his family yesterday, a first trip to China for his one-year-old American-born daughter Amy.

Yao's father, Yao Zhiyuan, who had flown back to the city earlier, arranged a VIP channel for the family so they could avoid media attention.

The family will be celebrating Amy's birthday, she was one on May 21, with friends and families in the city and they will also be moving to a new house in Hongkou District, yesterday's Xinmin Evening News reported.

Yao said in previous interviews that he had been speaking Shanghai dialect with his daughter and now she was finally getting the chance to experience the city where her father grew up.

His return to Shanghai won't be much of a holiday for the Houston Rockets star as Yao plans to record a program for Shanghai television for the Children's Day next Wednesday. And from June 25 to July 4, he will be in Greece for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Athens. In August, Yao will also take part in a charity game as an event of the Yao Foundation, according to Zhang Ming-ji, manager of Team Yao.

It is unclear how long the NBA center, recovering from a leg injury, will stay in town and when he will fly back to the United States. "He's been recovering great," Zhang said yesterday. "And the decision whether to stay in the league rests with him."

Zhang said there was much uncertainty about next season because of a labor dispute so it was too early to say anything about Yao's future. His contract with the Houston Rockets expires in July and the center, who will be 31 in September, had expressed his willingness to stay in Houston.

However, Yao's commercial opportunities had not declined because of his repeated injuries, said Zhang.

"Many companies are lining up to cooperate with him," Zhang told the Shanghai Morning Post. "But he is spending most of his time in the Yao Foundation, charity and the Shanghai Sharks (the local basketball club he owns) and hardly has time to take part in commercial events."


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