01 Oct '11, 6am

China's Liu Xiang becomes Communist Party official

China's Liu Xiang becomes Communist Party official

BEIJING: China's Olympic and world 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang has taken up a Communist Party Youth League post, as the state seeks to capitalise on the millionaire athlete's star status. In a posting on China's Twitter-like Tencent microblog, Liu said he gave a speech at a Shanghai sports meeting Thursday as the representative of the youth league, an organisation widely seen as grooming China's future leaders. According to Xinhua news agency, Liu was named deputy secretary of the Shanghai sports bureau committee of the Communist Youth League, which would make him a municipal-level official. The report said Liu's official duties were unlikely to interfere with his training as an athlete. China's President Hu Jintao, who reportedly joined the league at the age of 14, was chairman of the organisation in the early 1980s. Liu became China's first track gold medalist at the...

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