Analysts said the appointment of Basketball Hall of Famer Yao Ming as the president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) represents a big step in breaking the association away from the official sports body and a milestone for the country's sports reform.
Yao Cheap J.R. Smith Jersey , member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and former NBA all-star player, was unanimously voted CBA president on Thursday.
Yao, 37, is the first non-government official to take the position. He was elected at the ninth national congress of the association and will be responsible for the association's decision-making, leadership and personnel appointments.
""Previously, officials from the Basketball Management Center under the General Administration of Sport (GAS) were in charge of the CBA. Naming Yao Ming as the president means that the CBA will separate from the management center and begin to operate as an independent association Cheap Iman Shumpert Jersey ,"" Su Qun, editor-in-chief of the Basketball Pioneer newspaper, told the Global Times.
""Over the past years, match fixing and corrupt referees have stunted the development of Chinese basketball. The separation means that the CBA will enjoy more freedom in its operations,"" said Wang Qi, the manager of the China Sports Industry Group.
Both Su and Wang noted that Yao's international reputation Cheap Derrick Rose Jersey , especially in the US, will serve as a diplomatic tool to help China spread its influence in the country and promote the awareness of Chinese basketball.
As one of the sports icons of China, Yao landed in the NBA in 2002 as a first-draft pick by the Houston Rockets. He played for the Rockets for nine years and featured in NBA All-Star Games eight times.
Yao also led the Chinese national basketball team to the quarterfinals in the Athens and