Chinese Ballers in Scotland ๐Ÿ€

Andrew got invited to join a team to play in a Chinese basketball tournament called the Huaxia Cup Games at Edinburgh Napier University.ย The 2-day tournament is hosted by the Edinburgh Chinese Professionals Association and Edinburgh Overseas Chinese Student & Scholars Association with help from Edinburgh’s Chinese Consulate.ย Apparently, this is Scotland’s largest Chinese sporting event (they also have a badminton and table-tennis tournament too) and the Chinese ambassador to Scotland was supposed to make an appearance.

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It was very surreal walking into the gym today. I’ve been to many basketball tournaments, even “Asian” tournaments, but today was special. I walked into a gym in Edinburgh filled with only Chinese people (Chinese people make up less than 1% of the population of Scotland). The only 2 non-Chinese people in the gym were the 2 referees. It was almost as if I left Scotland for a couple hours. It was freezing cold in the gym (and very cold outside too), butย there’s something special to be surrounded by so many Chinese people abroad playing basketball. I touched a basketball for the first time since moving to out here.

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Here is Andrew bringing the ball down… If you can’t tell, he’s the one wearing a long sleeve blue shirt and red shorts. (Who even wears long sleeves while playing a game?!)

Anyways, Andrew played terrible. He’s getting old and he’s not as fast as he used to be.๐Ÿ˜‰ย You can watch him miss a basket and pretty much lose control over the ball in the video below.๐Ÿ˜‚ ย #istilloveyouandrew

Andrew also wanted to let you know that he got a point for getting fouled, so it was worth it (tournament rule gave out 1 point for shooting fouls).

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Here is Andrew and his new friends.

 

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