BEIJING, April 2 (Xinhua) — The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Friday sent a letter of congratulations to women’s basketball icon Zheng Haixia on her induction into the FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
Zheng became the first Chinese player to achieve such an accolade.
“The CBA is glad to hear of Zheng’s induction into the FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2021, extends congratulations to Zheng and her family, and shows its respect towards her excellent contributions to Chinese basketball,” read the letter.
A long-serving member of the Chinese national team, Zheng won an Olympic bronze medal in 1984 and a silver medal in 1992. She also finished third in 1983 and second in 1994 at the World Championships.
“Zheng’s achievements in the national team are not only her personal glory, but also the results of concerted efforts from all members within the team. Their fighting spirit and perseverance on the court set a good example for young players,” the CBA continued, adding their wishes that a new generation of players would pass on these traditions.
The 12 new inductees, including Zheng, will be enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame together with the Class of 2020, which was recently announced after being postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A digital induction ceremony will take place on June 18.
Created in 2007, the FIBA Hall of Fame currently features over 110 outstanding players and coaches from 37 countries and regions. Enditem