A 14-year-old Chinese player named Zhang Xiu has raised eyebrows and interest among activists on social media, in videos of her playing basketball, due to her height of 226 cm.
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The Chinese player Zhang, nicknamed “The Miracle”, gained fame after circulating video footage of her helping her team win the title of a basketball competition held in Jingzhou, Hubei Province, China, after she scored 42 points and grabbed about 25 rebounds.
7’4” Zhang Ziyu is 14 YEARS OLD 🤯
She put up 42 PTS, 25 REB, & 6 BLK to win China Nationals 🏆
— Overtime (@overtime) July 15, 2021
The comparisons were made between the Chinese player Zhang and the star of the NBA and the famous Chinese basketball player “Yao Ming”, who is 231 cm tall, and was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2016 along with Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson.
The “Global Times” newspaper said that the Chinese player Zhang was 160 cm tall when she was in the first grade and twice passed her sixth grade in the school.
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The newspaper indicated that the player Zhang was born into a family that practices basketball, and Zhang’s father played the game 2.13 m professionally, while her mother, “Yu Ying”, who is 1.98 cm tall, is a former member of women’s basketball in China.
A 14-year-old Chinese girl nicknamed “Miracle” Zhang Xiu plays basketball because of her exceptional height of 226 cm.
And she helped her team win the basketball competition title after scoring 42 points and eliciting 25 rebounds 🏀 pic.twitter.com/9jEuyKXC3z
— nbnlebanon (@nbntweets) July 16, 2021
It is a popular team sport in which two teams of five players each compete, trying to get the ball into the opponent’s basket, scoring goals and earning points.
Points are scored by inserting the ball into the basket, which is located at a height of 3 meters; The team that scores more points than its opponent at the end of the match wins, so it is difficult for the two teams to score.
The player can move the ball forward by bouncing it on the field in what is known as (dribbling) or passing it to his teammates to reach the goal.
No physical contact obstructing either player (fault) is permitted and there are restrictions on how the ball is handled known as rules of play infractions.
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