BWB Asia

Press Release No. 19: Yao Ming teaches young players from across Asia

GENEVA (Basketball without Borders) - The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the 51 campers, including 14 from China, selected for Basketball without Borders Asia, a basketball instructional camp that also features extensive community outreach and incorporates educational seminars addressing important social issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
The campers (ages 19 & under) from 15 countries and territories across Asia were selected by FIBA and the NBA, in conjunction with participating basketball federations, based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport.   Led by native son Yao Ming, star center of the Houston Rockets, the inaugural Basketball without Borders Asia will take place July 14-17 at the Beijing Olympic Training Facility in Beijing, China.  Joining Yao Ming as camp coaches will be Mengke Bateer, a former teammate from the Chinese National Team and NBA center, San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker (France), Philadelphia 76ers teammates Samuel Dalembert (Haiti) and Kyle Korver, New Orleans Hornets Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia) and Portland Trail Blazers Ha Seung-Jin (South Korea).  In addition, NBA personnel including Indiana Pacers Chad Forcier, Phoenix Suns Marc Iavaroni, Washington Wizards Eric Waters and NBA coaches Melvin Hunt and Steve Silas also will participate. Houston Rockets assistant coach Dean Cooper will oversee as camp director.

The inaugural Basketball without Borders took place in Europe in July 2001.  Since then, Basketball without Borders has expanded its reach to four continents.  In addition to China, Basketball without Borders Americas will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 30-July 4.  In its fifth year, Basketball without Borders Europe will take place July 28-31. The second annual Basketball without Borders Africa will return to Johannesburg, South Africa September 7-12.  To date, more than 440 youngsters from 72 different countries and territories have taken part in the NBA and FIBA program and Reading & Learning Centers have been created in South Africa and Brazil as part of its community outreach efforts in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

One of the goals of Basketball without Borders Asia, which features McDonald's, Molten, Nokia, Reebok and Spalding as BWB Marketing Partners, is to help explore, develop and nurture the top basketball talent in Asia.  The 51 young players from China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia,  Philippines, Qatar and Singapore and will be divided into four teams (Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs) without regard to race and nationality.  To promote friendship and diversity, campers will share living quarters with their new teammates and participate in daily seminars that promote education, leadership, healthy living and HIV/AIDS awareness, education and prevention.  In addition to daily life skills seminars, the campers will attend morning clinics to learn fundamentals including passing, shooting, dribbling, and one-on-one techniques.  They will put their skills to test during competitive afternoon games.

The camp in China will be highlighted by extensive community outreach activities, led by NBA Community Relations Ambassador Felipe  Lopez, focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness, education and grassroots basketball development.  Efforts will culminate with an NBA Community Legacy Project, the NBA's premiere community initiative, which ranges from a refurbished recreation facility and/or the creation of a state-of-the-art Reading and Learning Center. 
"We are happy that the Basketball without Borders camp will take place for the first time in Asia and we are sure that the partnership between FIBA and NBA will help the sport grow in a basketball loving continent," said FIBA's Development Manager Zoran Radovic. "The camp will instill knowledge, commitment and leadership in its participants. This program is an example of how the basketball community unites for the good of the sport and it will help benefit national basketball federations across Asia".
"Basketball without Borders is one of the cornerstones of the NBA's global outreach efforts," said Mark Fischer, Managing Director of NBA China. "This program not only brings young people together from all over Asia for basketball training, but it also provides an excellent platform to learn about leadership, life-skills, healthy living and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention."
The NBA and FIBA also will donate products, such as basketballs, rims and sporting goods to local basketball federations.  In addition to supporting the inaugural camp in Asia, BWB Marketing Partners will continue to work with the NBA and FIBA to support basketball development throughout the region.  McDonald's will deliver messaging on the importance of balanced, active lifestyles through on-site presence and customized programming.  Reebok will provide on-court apparel, footwear, sports bags and towels for all campers, as well as charitable product donations to local community organizations in the Beijing area. 

For more information, please contact:
Sau Ching Cheong, NBA Asia, +852 2843 9668,
Zoran Radovic, FIBA, +41 22 545 00 44,
Anicet Lavodrama, FIBA, +41 22 5450043,

The following is a complete list of campers participating in Basketball without Borders Asia 2005:

Name Country Height (cm)  Position 
Chen Fei P. R. of China 195 1
Chen Jianghua P. R. of China 185 1
Cun Shouwei P. R. of China 205 5
De Lehei P. R. of China 205 5
De Li P. R. of China 207 3,4
Duan Chenglong P. R. of China 186 1
Han Suo P. R. of China 196 2
Ju Peng P. R. of China 207 5
Ma Linag P. R. of China 202 3,4
Su Wei P. R. of China 212 5
Xu Yong P. R. of China 200 
Zhang Zhaoxu P. R. of China 213
Zhao Hang P. R. of China 212 5
Zhou Peng P. R. of China 207 5
Cheng Jen Wei  Chinese Taipei 192 3
Chien Chia Hung Chinese Taipei 198 3
Lin Yi Huei Chinese Taipei 193 3
Lu Cheng Ju Chinese Taipei 194 3
Chan Cheung Man Hong Kong China 193 2,3
Jagdeep Singh India 195 
Talwinderjit Singh India 180 2
Yadwinder Singh India 198 5
Ali Baheran I.R.Iran  184 1
Asghar Poustinsaraei  I.R.Iran  208 5
Jaber Darrehsari I.R.Iran  223 5
Oshin Sahakian  I.R.Iran  196 4
Arao Gaku Japan  196 3,4 
Kawamura Takuya Japan 191 2
Nishimura Fumio Japan 175 1,2
Ota Takumi Japan 190 1
Omar Olivier Bilbeissi Jordan 193 1,2
Anton Ponomarev Kazakhstan 209  5
Ilya Koptelov Kazakhstan 194 3
Maxim Voyeikov Kazakhstan 196 3
Yegor Birylin Kazakhstan 183 1
Jae Pil Ha  Korea 200 5
Jin Soo Kim Korea 203 3,4
Seung Ho Yoo Korea 203 5
Sung HoonPark Korea 188
Sung Jin Park Korea 182 1,2
Aziz Halmurzin Kyrgyzstan 198 3,4
Nail Gafarov Kyrgyzstan 196 3
Imad Saade Lebanon 186 1
Marwan Ziade Lebanon 203 3,4
Mazen Mneimneh Lebanon 192 2
Rodrigue Akl Lebanon 184 1
Yong Joon Fai Malaysia 183 1,2
Jervy Cruz Philippines 193 3
Rogermar Menor Philippines 190 3
Khalid Abdi Suliman Qatar 200  1,2
Oh Wei Jie Singapore 175 1,2