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Basketball ace honoured

PUBLISHED: 17:09 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

BASKETBALL star Luol Deng has become patron of this year s London Youth Games (LYG).

BASKETBALL star Luol Deng has become patron of this year's London Youth Games (LYG).

The Chicago Bulls player, who competed in the games in the 1990s, is due to lead a basketball training session at the LYG finals on July 4 in Crystal Palace.

He said: "This is an event very close to my heart. I really enjoyed playing in it as a kid and competing against friends from other boroughs. I hope that by giving something back I can help inspire the next generation of British athletes."

Last year's LYG basketball competitions saw Bexley's girls team make it to the quarter finals and this year they aim to get even further. The draw for the basketball competitions, to be made from tomorrow, will be announced online next week at www.londonyouthgames.org.

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