09 Jul '11, 9pm

Yao Ming to retire: Chinese fans in shock

BEIJING - Chinese basketball fans reacted with disbelief and sadness yesterday over reports of Yao Ming's sudden retirement from basketball. Although the 2.25m Houston Rockets player has not formally announced his retirement, the NBA's official website reported the news on Friday. Thousands of fans flooded online forums yesterday reacting to the news. One wrote: "He's China's top athlete ... it's a pity to lose such a sports icon." China's most popular online portals, sina.com and sohu.com, headlined the news of Yao's possible retirement prominently on their homepages. "Declaring the end of a Yao era," said the headline of a sohu.com story. Yao, who turns 31 in September, has been plagued by leg and foot injuries in the latter part of his career. Over the past nine seasons with Houston, Yao has taken on the status of a national icon in China. He almost single-handedly expa...

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