China has a tallest basketball player named Yao Ming. Yao was born on 12 September, 1980 in Shanghai. Interestingly Yao was born after the Chinese government ‘encouraged’ the marriage of his parents. Both Yao’s mother (Fang Fengdi) and father (Yao Zhiyuan) were forced to get married and arranged by the government. As his parent’s only offspring, Yao grew up showered with all the love and affection they could spare.
But there’s a very funny and interesting reason behind this.
His father was the tallest man in China and his mother the tallest woman. Both were successful basketball players. And they were encouraged to get married so that they would produce a dominant athlete. When Yao was born, he was trained in sports and given special treatment from a very young age and due to which he became a very skillful basketball player and enjoyed a massive success in the sports field. And before his retirement, he was the tallest basketball player in the NBA measuring in at 7’6”.
Although he has retired from professional basketball, his name will go in the books of history as one of the most unlikely stars this world has ever seen. He also stood a very good chance of becoming one of the most successful professional basketball players in the world.