NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The first ever Chinese Harlem Globetrotter, Jiang Shan, on Thursday performed at the United Nations headquarters with four other players, in celebration of his joining the team together with a Polish newcomer.
Nicknamed Lucky, Jiang wowed onlookers with skilful juggling of three balls as well as other stunts and tricks, as part of a show outside the UN General Assembly by the famous exhibition basketball team.
Also on show was new signing Pawel Kidon, known as Dazzle, who is the first ever Polish Harlem Globetrotter, and Torch George, the first female Harlem Globetrotter to set a Guinness world record.
A Beijing native, Jiang became fascinated by the Globetrotters after first watching them perform in 2014. He attended a Globetrotters game every time the team toured China from that point on, and trained hard before finally being accepted onto the team
Jiang told Xinhua that as a new player, he is set to participate in a training program in Atlanta, which lasts through Christmas. “After Christmas, we will begin our 2020 performance tour.”
Jiang noted that while there are some training programs in China for young players seeking to enter into basketball exhibition performance, few of them have gone on to turn professional.
Wednesday also marked the first time any Globetrotters have made a professional visit to the United Nations. The team had a guided tour around the headquarters of the world body.
Over the course of the team’s 93-year history, the Globetrotters have played in 124 countries and territories around the world, famed as goodwill ambassadors.
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