China come into
the FIVB World Olympic Qualification Tournament with what can be described as a mixed bag of
results in recent years with success at FIVB events particularly hard to
find. Their best ever results have been a fourth at the six-team World
Grand Champions Cup in 1997 and fifth place finishes at the 2008
Olympics and at the 1977 and 1981 World Cup, a tournament they return to
after finishing 10th in 2003.
a poor display at the FIVB Men’s World Championship 2010 where they
finished 19th, they showed positive signs of a turnaround at the Asian
Men’s Championship where they finished second to Iran after a four-set
loss in the final and will be hoping it is the start of improved
performances globally. Their FIVB World Cup history has not been pretty
after those first two encouraging results, with a ninth and a 11th to
show for their 1995 and 1999 campaigns respectively. They most recently followed this up with an 11th place finish at last year's edition.
have fared better in the Asian Games. They won the competition in 1990,
placed second in 1994, won in 1998, finished third in 2002 and second
in 2006. In the Asian Championship, they placed third in 1991, fourth in
1993 and second in 1995, before winning the title in 1997 and retaining
it in 1999. Now one waits again to see if China can take the excellent
continental form onto the world stage.