One of the world's hairiest men, who nicknames himself "King Kong", has launched a campaign to carry the Olympic Torch during the relay ahead of next year's Beijing Games.
The Olympics belong to everyone - the common people and those with abnormalities included," the report quoted Yu Zhenhuan as saying from his home in China's northeastern province of Liaoning.
"First I am a celebrity, inside and outside of China. Secondly, I think my experience in coping with a disfigurement ties in with the notion of the Olympic spirit," he added.
Hair covers 96 percent of Yu's body. He may be surpassed only by a pair of Mexican brothers: Victor "Larry" and Gabriel "Danny" Ramos Gomez, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having 98 percent hair cover.
Beijing Games' organisers are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
"We welcome celebrities to apply to join the torch relay," Xinhua quoted a spokesman for the organisers as saying. "But it is hard to assess his chances, as the recruitment is open to everyone."