Having seen the rise of mass sports participation as a lifestyle in urban China, political adviser Yao Ming is calling for more accessible sporting activities at the grassroots level to galvanize the momentum. [Special coverage]
Once the backbone of China's national basketball program, Yao, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference since 2013, has shifted his focus from perfecting his skill sets on the court to providing suggestions and solutions as a political adviser.
How to maximize the positive influence of sports, especially through his game of basketball, in China's fast-paced society has always been high on his agenda since Yao joined the CPPCC.
More attention should be given to making sporting events more accessible for amateurs by organizing competitions and activities at the grassroots level, rather than just developing athletic prowess at the elite level, Yao said during the CPPCC annual meeting.
"We have to bring down the threshold of sports participation for the general public by making event