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China - Chen Zhonge

Chen Zhonghe has been in charge of the Chinese national women's volleyball team since 2001, the same year as the side won the World Grand Champion title, but his involvement with the team goes well beyond the last two years.

In 1979 he joined the team as a trainer before moving into the assistant coach's position in 1989, a role he maintained until moving into the role he holds today. A coach with strong principles and high values Zhonghe's experience in the coaching arena is proving invaluable as he works with a young Chinese team that is focusing on the Olympics.

Last year's World Championship in Germany highlighted the potential of his players as China finished 4th after going down to Russia 3-1 in the bronze medal match. "In serving, attacking and defending, our team stands shoulder to shoulder with European teams," he said. But he cautions against too much optimism by quoting a Chinese proverb: "It's easy to climb to the top," he says, " but not easy to stay there."

Zhonghe was born in the Fujian province in 1957 and has a daughter and a son.