"We are happy to announce the arrival of our daughter," seven-times NBA All-Star Yao, China's most popular sportsman, said in a statement. "This is a very special moment in our lives. We thank everyone for their support."
The seven-foot six-inch Yao, 29, has been sidelined from competition since having surgery on a hairline fracture in his left foot last July.
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