The pianist, who has gone notably quiet during Covid, has been appointed publicity ambassador for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.
‘I’m honoured to be the publicity ambassador of the Hangzhou Asian Games,’ he told Xinhua.
‘I like playing table tennis and jogging during my spare time.
I also like watching football, basketball, swimming and tennis games.
‘I am a loyal fan of the Chinese women’s volleyball team.
‘I always prefer to read sports news over entertainment news.
‘I respect athletes because they can bring us positive energy and a never-say-die spirit.
‘We have rich experience in hosting large-scale sporting events.
‘I believe the Hangzhou Asian Games will be very successful.’