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 CHN / China

Following the SARS epidemic in 2003 China was a late withdrawal from last year’s World League competition but in 2004 they are back to participate in their ninth edition. Having finished 10th at the 2003 World Cup in Japan last November the Asian Continental Championship runners up still have a lot of work to do to improve upon their best finish in the World League of 6th in 1996 but under coach Di Anhe there have been encouraging signs of substantial improvement.

China took part in the opening edition of the top-class World League in 1990 and regularly participated between 1992 and 1997. However, the beginning of the 21st century has seen China in the process of rebuilding with Di Anhe putting his own stamp on the Chinese team, choosing from a new generation of players. The squad is designed with the perfect mix of experience and young talent, as most of the veterans have been replaced with promising newcomers. The young squad returned to the World League in 2002 after a four-year absence to finish ninth in an encouraging performance which exhibited courage and improved skills.

Currently ranked 17th on the official FIVB world rankings this youthful Chinese squad enters the 2004 World League in a tough Pool C which includes Italy, Serbia & Montenegro and Cuba. It will be another Volleyball lesson but China will be much the better for it as they aim to join their female counterparts in the top five teams in the world.

Volleyball officially landed in China in 1910 and the Chinese national team has been participating 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 9th 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.

Prize Money
China Total Prize money US$
2 489 300

Overall Standings for China
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
8 108 27 81 25.0