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Basketball: Yao Ming named Youth Olympic Games ambassador

Yao Ming joins Michelle Wie, Chad Le Clos and Yelena Isinbayeva as an ambassador for the second Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Nanjing from August 16-28. Photo: IOC / Nanjing2014.org.

Yao Ming joins Michelle Wie, Chad Le Clos and Yelena Isinbayeva as an ambassador for the second Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Nanjing from August 16-28. Photo: IOC / Nanjing2014.org.

July 29, 2014: Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming has been confirmed as the latest ambassador for the second Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced.

 

Yao joins American golfer Michelle Wie, South African swimmer Chad le Clos and pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva at the multi-sport event for athletes aged 15-18 , which will be held from August 16-28. Isinbayeva continues as an ambassador from Singapore 2010, where Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps also fulfilled the role.

 

Now 33, Yao experienced the Olympic Games at Beijing 2008, where he scored the first basket of the tournament in his home nation, a moment he described as “the proudest of my career”. Yao spent the majority of his career in the NBA, where he was an eight-time All Star and developed into arguably China’s most popular athlete.

 

The seven-foot six-inch star will attend the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, where he’ll interact with athletes and watch some of the events including basketball, which features in its 3×3 format. Yao will share his advice and experience of international competition with the next generation of young athletes, while inspiring young people around the world to get active and embrace the Olympic values.

 

Nanjing 2014 will comprise the 28 sports on the Olympic programme, including rugby and golf, and showcase new features such as mixed-team and mixed-country events. Athletes will also be encouraged to take part in activities and workshops, including sessions on healthy eating, injury prevention, the dangers of doping and illegal betting, careers in sport and media training.

 

Fans can watch the Youth Olympic Games live via Olympic.org and Olympic.tv.

 

Source: Youth Olympic Games – Nanjing 2014 (www.nanjing2014.org); Editing by SportAsia

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