MIES, Switzerland (AP) Kobe Bryant has been made an ambassador for the 2019 basketball World Cup in China.
The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist made the announcement on Twitter .
Bryant joins former NBA rival Yao Ming, now leading the Chinese Basketball Association, as ambassadors for the revamped tournament.
The first 32-nation World Cup will be played from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in eight cities.
The competition draw is set for March 16 in Shenzhen.
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