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Yao Ming was awarded the “Model Worker Award” in China ahead of the May Day ceremonies there. He is the first millionaire to win the award that usually goes to selfless workers studying Marxist principles :
NBA giant Yao Ming was named as a “model worker” in his native China, an annual award given ahead of the May Day festivities.
Yao’s nomination as a “model and advanced worker” was approved by the State Council, China’s cabinet, an official at Shanghai worker’s union told Xinhua state news agency.
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The official ceremony to reveal this year’s 2,900 model workers is expected to take place at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing on Saturday.
It was the first time that a multi-millionaire professional athlete like Yao has been given the award that has usually been reserved for selfless workers who devote themselves to their work and Marxist principles.