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Volleyball officially landed in China in 1910 and the Chinese national team has been participated in international competitions for more than 45 years. Since 1956, China has taken part in 10 World Championships, with its best results being recorded in Italy (1978) and Argentina (1982) where the Chinese finished seventh.

The team also placed ninth three times, in France (1956), the Soviet Union (1962) and Czechoslovakia (1966). In 2002 in Argentina, China was 13th as a new rebuilding phase got off the ground.

China took part in the opening edition of the top-class World League in 1990 and regularly participated between 1992-1997, finishing sixth in 1996.

The beginning of the 21st century has seen China in the process of rebuilding the national team when newly appointed head coach Di Anhe decided to put his own stamp on the Chinese team, choosing from a new generation of players. The young squad, reaching an average age of just 23 years, returned to the World League in 2002 after a four-year absence and the ninth place was not a disappointment after they exhibited courage and improved skills against their opponents. China missed the 2003 World League but are set to be a force at the World Cup as they strive for qualification at next year's Olympics in Athens.

China, currently 17th on the FIVB world rankings, will no doubt have one eye on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, but this new Chinese lineup have the potential to impress and go all out for a berth in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games by finishing on the podium at the World Cup.

The 15-strong squad led by head coach Di Anhe is designed with the perfect mix of experience and young talent, as most of the veterans have been replaced with promising newcomers.

The Chinese team had a disappointing year in 2002 while the young players accumulated some international experience but as recent as September this year Di led China to second place at the 2003 Asian Championship and a berth in the World Cup.

China - Spanish
El voleibol llegó oficialmente a China en 1910 y el equipo nacional chino ha estado participando en competencias internacionales por más de 45 años. Desde 1956 China ha tomado parte de diez Campeonatos Mundiales, con sus mejores resultados en Italia (1978) y Argentina (1982), donde los chinos terminaron en séptimo lugar.El equipo también ocupó la novena posición en tres ocasiones en Francia (1956), Unión Soviética (1962) y Checoslovaquia (1966). El año pasado en Argentina, China se adjudicó el puesto 13. Igualmente los chinos participaron en la primera edición de la prestigiosa Liga Mundial en 1990 y lo ha hecho regularmente entre 1992-1997, terminando sextos en 1996. El inicio del Siglo 21 ha visto a China en el proceso de reconstruir a su selección nacional con el nuevo técnico Di Anhe decidió poner su propio sello en la escuadra oriental, eligiendo jugadores de una nueva generación de deportistas. El joven equipo, que alcanza una edad promedio de 23 años, retornó a la Liga Mundial en el 2002 tras cuatro años de ausencia, y el noveno lugar obtenido no fue decepcionante luego de que mostraran mucha valentía y nuevas aptitudes frente a sus oponentes. Este año, los partidos de la Liga Mundial darán a China otra oportunidad de probar que han progresado con miras a la clasificación olímpica para los Juegos del año entrante en Atenas. China está actualmente en el puesto 15 del ranking mundial de la FIVB, y enfrentará a Yugoslavia, Holanda y Cuba en la Serie C de la edición 2003 de la Liga Mundial.

Recent Results:

Asian Men's Challenge Cup - Leg Two in Chinese Taipei (September) finished first

China beat Japan 3-2 (25-14, 16-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-13)
China beat Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-18)
China beat Korea 3-0 (25-8, 25-21, 25-22)

Asian Men's Challenge Cup - Leg One in China (September) finished second

China lost to Korea 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-23)
China beat Chinese Taipei 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19)
China beat Japan 3-0 (30-28, 25-21, 30-28)

Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in China (September) finished second 

Final: China lost to Korea 3-2 (27-25, 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8)
China beat Iran 3-1 (25-18, 25-16, 19-25, 25-16)
China beat Australia 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-17)
China beat Pakistan 3-0 (25-16, 29-27, 25-17)
China beat Saudi Arabia 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-15)
China beat Kazakhstan 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-20)
World Cup record

1999 - 11th
1995 - Ninth
1981 - Fifth
1977 - Fifth