Mr Wu, an athlete who competed in the 1948 London Games for China, has been flown in to London for the Olympic Games by British Airways.

 Thought to be the oldest Olympian to arrive from overseas for the London Games, the 88 year old former basketball player was brought in especially to enjoy the basketball match with the Chinese team last night.

 After the Game, Mr Wu had the honour of meeting Yao ming – one of China’s retired basketball players who last played for the Houston Rockets at the NBA. The towering athlete is well known for his height reaching 7ft 6in.

 Olympian Mr Wu said; “I am overjoyed to see the development of the London 2012 Games and the capital.Winning or losing, the friendship between two countries lasts forever. The trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games will be the memory of my life.”

 Following the Game, LOCOG presented Mr Wu with a signed basketball by the team.

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