|The 2014 Youth Olympics will be held in the Eastern Chinese city of Nanjing next summer and the event has named American golfer Michelle Wie as an official Ambassador for the Games.|
As the youngest ever player to qualify for a USGA tournament, Wie was among several golfers at the meeting in Copenhagen in October 2009 when the IOC decided to reinstate golf as an Olympic sport after an absence of more than a century.
The inaugural Summer Youth Olympics took place in Singapore in 2010. China’s run as host of a Youth Olympics for a first time...will begin in Nanjing on August 16th, 2014...and Wie says she is glad to see golf on the programme.
"I think it’s really important to inspire young people to take up sport just because it’s important to be active, especially now a days with so much technology and things they can do indoors, I think it’s great to inspire kids to be outdoors and playing sports and just to have fun. I think that golf brings a lot to the table at the youth Olympic Games. I was there in Copenhagen with a couple of other golfers to get golf back into the Olympics and that was a great achievement. It’s going to be great, especially starting in Nanjing where you see a lot of youth Chinese golfers out there and hopefully a lot of other nations will see (it). A lot of developing countries and it’s just great to bring golf global. I think right now golf is very dominant in a couple of countries and I think, especially having golf in the Olympics, is just going to bring golf everywhere." Michelle Wie said.