Chinese Basketball icon Yao Ming won a prize for his support to fighting against the discrimination of people living with HIV on September 17, 2008.
Dr. Peter Piot, the executive director of the United Nations' vanguard of HIV/AIDS prevention , presented a special award to three individuals including UNAIDS Special Representative Serge Dumont, Tsinghua University Professor Li Xiguang and a representative of Yao Ming in Tsinghua University in Beijing on September 17, 2008.
Yao Ming, who is currently helping reconstruction work in China's quake-battered Sichuan Province, thanked UNAIDS for the award through a video message.
He said, "I am honored to receive this esteemed award for AIDS work. Contributing to the fight against AIDS is something that I happily do as I believe that AIDS is one of the most important global problems. We can and we should do something to stop the spread of AIDS and the discrimination of people living with HIV."
By People's Daily Online