NBA star Yao Ming is back in China to get ready for the Beijing Olympics.
Yao arrived at Beijing International Airport at 5pm on Tuesday, and he told reporters that he's had quite a smooth recovery.
Yao Ming waves his hand to journalists at Beijing International Airport, June 25, 2008. [Xinhua]
Yao said, "I'm recovered, but doctors told me not to take part in any resistance matches until mid-July.The most recent X-ray shows that 80% of the fracture has healed, and full recovery usually takes about a year."
According to coach Jonas Kazlauskas, the Chinese men's basketball team will soon start training for the Games with Yao on the roster.
Since his surgery in the beginning of March, Yao Ming has spent most of his time in recovery training in the US.
Sources say that a group of top medical experts from Beijing will meet and closely follow up on treating Yao Ming's injured ankle. Kazlauskas also has a training plan specially set up for Yao.