By Will Koulouris
MELBOURNE cheap nike lebron 16 for youth , July 16 (Xinhua) -- The owner of the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia, Larry Kestelman said that the link between Australia and China is boosted by their shared love of basketball.
Kestelman spoke to Xinhua exclusively immediately after the match between the Chinese National "Blue" team, coached by Du Feng, and Australian NBL team Melbourne United, and said that games like the one played on Sunday are important to developing strong relations between the two nations.
"It's part of our strategy to work closely with the countries in our region cheap nike lebron 16 for mens , China being the strongest along with Australia, it's a very important partnership," Kestelman said.
As the owner of the NBL, Kestelman is in regular contact with China, and just a few weeks ago representatives from his league travelled to Beijing to meet with their counterparts at the CBA.
"We have been having talks with Yao Ming and his team for the last two and a half years cheap nike lebron 16 for womens , so it is progressing well." Kestelman said.
The ties that bind both China and Australia across all aspects, are particularly able to be better strengthened through sport, according to Kestelman, who believes that basketball has a major role to play in bringing both countries even closer together - while also helping both nations improve their performance in the game.
"We love this sport, Australia is very good at it cheap nike lebron 16 sale , China is getting a lot better. As we saw today, the exposure for China to play games with international teams is very important. The CBA is a strong, strong league, but they need more games at the international level." Kestelman said.
But, it is not just about the teams cheap nike lebron 16 mid , players, or even leagues, Kestelman said, with the fans of the sport from China and Australia now being able to come together - through games like the one played in Melbourne.
"It's amazing. We have here probably more Chinese fans than we did Australians. So these games are fantastic to bring out new crowds in Australia," the NBL owner said.
"The Chinese population in Australia is growing every day cheap nike lebron 16 high , so for them, bringing China to Australia is great."
Back in 2015, Kestelman took over what was then a struggling league for the meagre sum of 7 million Australian dollars (5.48 U.S. million), and in just two short years has transformed it into a success through his shrewd and astute leadership ability, and credits part of that success on connecting with Asia.
"Well the quality of the play cheap nike lebron 16 low , and the actual players we have here has increased tremendously," Kestelman said.