Yao Ming named Houston Goodwill Ambassador

Chinese basketball star Yao Ming played for the Houston Rockets for nine seasons before he retired from the sport in 2011.

updated: February 16, 2013 19:01 IST
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Houston: Former basketball star Yao Ming was officially named goodwill ambassador of the American city of Houston by the city's mayor at a ceremony in Houston, Texas.

Yao, the former Rockets center who lived in Houston for 10 years, was also given the key to the city by Mayor Annise Parker at a ceremony in downtown Houston on Friday, reports Xinhua.

Yao was appointed as Houston's Goodwill Ambassador because of "the outstanding success" he has had as a professional basketball player for the Rockets since 2003.

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