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Olympic hero Lang Ping inspiring next generation of volleyball players

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and Secretary General Fernando Lima met Lang Ping in Nagoya
Nagoya, Japan, September 12, 2017 - Fresh from China's victory at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Grand Champions Cup in Nagoya, Japan, Lang Ping met with FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° to discuss her role in developing new volleyball talent in schools all over the country.

Lang Ping is the only person in the sport’s history to have won Olympic gold as a player and a coach. During her playing career, she was triumphant at the Los Angeles 1984 Games when China defeated the United States, and she repeated the achievement as the team’s coach last year in Rio, leading China to victory over Serbia in the final.

President Graça shared the FIVB’s plans with Lang, explaining in more detail the Nucleus Project and the FIVB’s exciting new strategy to deliver more events to China. In response, Lang talked about her work visiting schools throughout the nation, developing coaches and inspiring children to play more volleyball.

After the meeting, President Graça said that he was delighted to have an ambassador like Lang, who was so active and passionate in her commitment to growing the sport.

“Lang Ping shares the FIVB’s vision that volleyball is a peaceful sport and can be played by people of all ages and backgrounds.

“We were able to talk about the importance of creating a strong connection between schoolchildren and our elite athletes. With a rising number of FIVB key events hosted in China, it is essential for the athletes to be close to fans and communicate with them regularly.”

As part of the Nucleus Project, the FIVB will focus its resources on growing volleyball and beach volleyball in leading countries like China. As the popularity of the sport grows in those key markets, nations across the world will also benefit, as well as have many opportunities to learn from elite nations how to host tournaments and develop players.

President Graça met Lang Ping during his trip to Japan, where he has also spoken with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (TOCOG), principal FIVB sponsors Mikasa, ASICS and Fuji TV, and the Aichi Volleyball Federation, who were responsible for organising this year’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup. With the women’s event now finished, attention turns to the men’s competition, which begins today.

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