- Title: Rain doesn't dampen Chinese enthusiasm for Brady's American football exhibition
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: SHANGHAI, CHINA (JUNE 20, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY RUNNING ONTO PITCH TOM BRADY ON PITCH TOM BRADY APPLAUDING TOM BRADY TALKING TO ANCHOR FANS TOM BRADY RUNNING AND PASSING FOOTBALL TRAINING IN PROGRESS TOM BRADY PASSING FOOTBALL TO ANCHOR PHOTOGRAPHER TOM BRADY PASSING FOOTBALL TO ANCHOR TRAINING IN PROGRESS TOM BRADY PASSING FOOTBALL TRAINEE TAKING FOOTBALL TOM BRADY WALKING ON PITCH TOM BRADY TALKING VARIOUS OF TOM BRADY LEAVING AND WAVING TO FANS PRESS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK, TOM BRADY, SAYING: "I hope so. I think it needs to start with small goals and work up to that. I think they play one game is, who knows, logistically it might be challenging. But we were supposed to play a pre-season game, so as an exhibition, I think so many teams and other sports have done a great job doing an exhibition in other countries. Certainly I thought we were going to do that ten years ago to come to China and play. It was prior to the Olympics, so I am hoping to have an opportunity to come one day." CAMERAMAN (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK, TOM BRADY, SAYING: "Yes, it's absolutely a way to build the awareness, of such great sport in this country. Basketball has done such a great job and I am sure there are so many Chinese youths that grow up playing basketball. If you don't watch it on TV, it's hard to become inspired. This is very much an American sport because it's showing there. I think there needs to be opportunities for Chinese to watch the game." PRESS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS TOM BRADY LISTENING TOM BRADY SHAKING HANDS WITH ANCHOR
- Embargoed: 4th July 2017 16:19
- Keywords: Tom Brady American Football
- Location: SHANGHAI, CHINA
- City: SHANGHAI, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: American Football,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M2ZP6N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Five-times Superbowl winner, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, held a training event in Shanghai on Tuesday (June 20) to promote the National Football League (NFL).
During the event held in pouring rain, Brady played as quarterback, passing footballs to trainees on the pitch, cheered by hundreds of American football fans.
Brady is visiting China for the first time before he heads to Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday (June 21) for the final leg of his East Asia trip.
The quarterback said live television match broadcasting of the NFL was important to help the game grow in China as well as playing exhibition games there.
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