Extra large stretcher, bed for basketball players

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Beijing, Aug 6 (UNI) It has some thing to do with China's basketball star Yao Ming, who is 2.26 meters tall and is amongst the tallest players taking part in the Olympic Games.

The US based Yao Ming enjoys unprecedented popularity here and will spearhead Chinese challenge in the Olympic Basketball competition.

Ming has added new dimension to the game and Basketball match tickets are much sought after.

To look after his and other tall player's health, the organisers have put an extra large stretcher, a spine board and a clinical bed at the venue of the Basketball competition.

A 22.4 meter long stretcher has already been sent to the Wukesong stadium, in Western Beijing, where basketball and baseball events will take place.

The orange stretcher, painted with ''Beijing 2008, Beijing First-Aid Center'' in Chinese, has six pairs of belt loops to fix the patient, twice the number for an average 1.8-meter-long stretcher.

The clinic at the Stadium is also equipped with a 2.4-meter long clinical bed.

''We applied with the Games organizers to order an extra long bed after the Good Luck Beijing test events in April - back then, all the clinical beds here were just 2.1 meters long and were very uncomfortable for the patients,'' a worker at the stadium said on condition of anonymity.

Basketball players are around two meters tall on average. ''Of course we hope no one would get injured and all the athletes play well at the Games,'' he said.


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