• YouYi Games return to WA for second year
• Three matches to be played in WA
• Only chance to see Australia v China on Australian soil in 2012
The Australian Boomers will take on Team China in three exciting international basketball matches in Western Australia in the lead up to the London Olympics.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the two teams would face off as part of the YouYi Games international series, which was returning to WA for the second year.
Dr Hames said it would be the only chance for Aussie basketball fans to see their heroes in action against China in Australia this year.
“The YouYi Games are a unique feature of WA’s diverse events calendar, and this year they will see the Australian and Chinese national men’s teams play in Perth and Albany,” he said.
“Australia and China are ranked nine and 10 in the world respectively and have drawn the same group for the Olympic competition, so these three matches will be a crucial part of the pre-Olympic preparation for both sides.”
The Minister said the Perth matches would be broadcast into China via CCTV, across Australia on Fox Sports and throughout WA on WIN and Channel 9.
“The YouYi Games offers West Australians the chance to see a great sporting contest in the lead up to the London Olympics as well as creating great exposure for WA in one of our key tourism markets, China,” he said.
The first match in the series will be played at Perth’s Challenge Stadium on Saturday June 9. The teams will then travel to Albany for the second match on Monday June 11 and return to Perth on Wednesday June 13 for the final match at Challenge Stadium.
Dr Hames said the State Government, through Eventscorp, was proud to support the YouYi Games.
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• The series is organised by former Perth Wildcat and Boomers player Andrew Vlahov through his company RV Sport