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Physical play leads to fines in China

Updated: January 15, 2009, 12:04 PM ET
Reuters

BEIJING -- China's attempts to bring more contact into the domestic game is behind the increase in violence on court and has contributed to a rise in crowd disorder, the country's basketball chief said on Thursday.

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming was one of several critics who said the non-contact style prevalent in the China Basketball Association was producing players who were not tough enough for the international game.

After Yao and the national team bowed out of last August's Beijing ...

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