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China top bills Wuhan pool on third week


Young Chinese players look into gaining more experience in their World Grand Prix stint this year

Wuhan, China, August 15, 2013 – It has been 20 years since China’s city of Wuhan hosted a high-level volleyball competition. But this weekend, Wuhan gets set to host the Pool N matches of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix where they will play Argentina, Poland and Serbia.

China has been on winning form so far in this year’s World Grand Prix, having won their first six matches. They will be looking to try to match or better their 2005, 2008 and 2012 record, when they won eight matches. They could mark their best World Grand Prix start ever by winning all three matches this weekend.

China have lost only three sets in this season’s World Grand Prix and have also give up the fewest points (395) of all teams.

Lang Ping, coach of the China team, elaborated on her guiding philosophy that has given her team an unbeaten record after the first two weeks at the World Grand Prix. "The lineup would be different this time,” said the coach, “but the guiding philosophy would be the same: giving young players more opportunities."  "Despite the fact that some players have caught the cold here, it will not affect the competition at all. It is important for us to accumulate experience one match at a time. We should face reality and never look too far ahead."

A briefing was held for all the teams led by Ghaffar Derakshandeh (Control Committee President) and Mr. Hassan Mohamed (Referee Delegate). Officials from the State General Administration of Sport also attended the meeting.
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