Yao to join survivalist Bear Grylls in the wild
Retired basketball star Yao Ming announced that he will embrace the challenge from British outdoor adventurer Bear Grylls to join the shooting of a wilderness-survival TV reality show.
The show has featured many stars and notable figures, including US President Barack Obama, who accompanied the British survivalist into the wild in one of the episodes.
Yao's management team confirmed on September 16 that the former NBA star will appear in the show's Chinese version, which will be jointly presented by Grylls, Shanghai Media Group and Discover Asia Pacific. Yao Ming has long been a huge fan of Bear Grylls and his show. They met during a speech in London during a wildlife protection campaign. Yao will participate in the shooting of one episode of the show's new season after he returns from a US trip to attend his Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Grylls invited Yao in a post on Grylls' personal account on the social networking platform Sina Weibo. Yao, responding on the micro blog account of the Shanghai Sharks, the Chinese Basketball Association club that he owns, said he “is ready to take the challenge”.
Since retiring from basketball in 2011, Yao has been an advocate of wildlife and nature protection. (Source: China Daily)