Sir Chris Hoy named Commonwealth ambassador

Britain's most successful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has been announced as the first official ambassador of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sir Chris Hoy celebrates winning Gold in the Men's Keirin Final Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Organisers believe the six-times Olympic gold medallist will inspire people to get behind the Glasgow games over the next two years.

The cyclist's new role will see him appear in high-profile promotional campaigns and lend his support to the organising committee.

The city's new velodrome, which opens to the public later this year, is being named in his honour.

He said: "Following an incredible Olympics in London, I'm proud to lend my support to the next great sporting event on home soil."