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Yao, Nowitzki selected as flag-bearers for Games opening ceremony

Updated: August 7, 2008, 1:05 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BEIJING -- Chinese basketball player Yao Ming will carry the host nation's flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday, the deputy head of China's team said on Thursday.

"The Chinese delegation has already decided that the flag-bearer will be Yao Ming," Cui Dalin told reporters.

Yao, of the Houston Rockets, joins a growing list of NBA stars who will bear their nation's standard during the opening ceremony. FIBA.com reported Thursday that Dirk Nowitzki of Germany will ...

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