Ex-NBA star Yao Ming in Manila for FIBA World Cup draw

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 28) — Hall of Famer Yao Ming is in Manila for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 draw on Saturday.

Yao will attend the event as part of the FIBA Central Board.

"The FIBA Central Board member arrived at the NAIA Terminal 1 via Air China flight CA 179 from Beijing on Friday, Apr. 28. He's here for the FIBA World Cup 2023 draw happening tomorrow," the Manila International Airport Authority said on Twitter.

Yao played for the Houston Rockets from 2002 to 2011. He was also part of the Chinese basketball team that bagged three consecutive gold medals in the FIBA Asia Cup in 2001, 2003, and 2005.

Other former NBA stars to also grace the FIBA event at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City are Pau Gasol, Luis Scola, Carmelo Anthony, and Dirk Nowitzki.