Houston Community News >> Yao Ming Calls Timeout for Wedding

6/24/2007 Hong Kong (dpa) - China's most famous sportsman, basketball star Yao Ming, is to marry his long-time girlfriend in August, a news report said Saturday.

The 27-year-old Houston Rockets star will wed Ye Li, a member of the Chinese women's basketball team, who he has been dating for several years, the South China Morning Post said.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey let the marriage plans slip when he was asked about Yao's summer plans and said: "He's working out in China in July, then getting married in August."

Yao's advisor Lu Hao confirmed the marriage plans to the Hong Kong-based newspaper, but said the date and venue for the wedding had not yet been decided.

In January, Yao dismissed as "ridiculous" rumours that he was dating an American actress who is only 1.57 metres tall.

At 1.9 metres, Ye Li, a centre for the Chinese national women's team, is much closer in height to 2.29-metre Yao.

(Contributed by AP)