GENEVA, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday announced Yao Ming as the latest Ambassador for this summer's 2nd Youth Olympic Games (YOG) taking place in Nanjing, China.
According to IOC, The Chinese basketball legend 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.
Yao will attend the Nanjing YOG, interact with athletes and take in some of the competition, including basketball, which features at the YOG in its 3x3 format.
The IOC chooses Ambassadors for each edition of the Youth Olympic Games to help spread word of the event and inspire young people to get active and enjoy sport.
The South African swimmer Chad le Clos and South Korean golfer Michelle Wie have also been chosen as ambassadors for the Nanjing 2014. Previous ambassadors include sports stars Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Yelena Isinbaeva.
The second edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take place in Nanjing, China from August 16-28. The Games will feature the 28 sports on the Olympic program, including rugby and golf.