Yao Ming blames himself for China’s World Cup, Olympic setbacks

first_imgLOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LATEST STORIES (FILES) This file photo taken on September 4, 2019 Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming watching the Basketball World Cup Group A game between Venezuela and China in Beijing. – Basketball legend Yao Ming said he blamed himself for host nation China’s poor performances at the Basketball World Cup after their latest chastening defeat on September 8, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP)Basketball legend Yao Ming said he blamed himself for host nation China’s poor performances at the Basketball World Cup after their latest chastening defeat on Sunday.Sunday’s 86-73 loss to Nigeria in the classification round for teams outside the top 16 means China have failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics directly from the World Cup, just days after the shock of crashing out at the group stage.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruptioncenter_img Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City The popular former NBA star became president of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2017 pledging to reform a state development system he said was badly in need of an overhaul, raising hopes of a resurgence in China’s most popular sport.But the hosts failed to qualify for the last 16 after losing to Poland and Venezuela before the Sunday’s reverse against the Africans in Guangzhou.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Asked in a press conference after the Nigeria game who took responsibility for China’s poor performance, a grim-faced Yao responded “Me”, before walking away.Former Houston Rockets All-Star Yao led China to some of their best results in global competitions, fuelled basketball’s popularity in China and raised expectations of a strong run at their home World Cup.  MOST READ Canada’s champ: Bianca Andreescu a US Open winner with a big future “It is me who disappointed the fans,” NBA Hall-of-Famer Yao said after the game.“The fans had great expectation for China at the World Cup, but we could not make it,” he added.“(The World Cup) is a window for us to look out the world. The gap between China and the world-leading basketball countries has been enlarged.”Holders the United States are through to the quarter-finals after beating Greece in Shenzhen on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more