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Chen Zhonghe

 

 
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Chen Zhonghe, 47, 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 three 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 focused on the Olympic Games. He has already worked wonders with the team.
 
After a fourth-place finish at the 2002 World Championship in Germany, he has led China through an all-conquering 2003 season where they won the World Grand Prix title and the World Cup, where they claimed their Olympic qualification spot. “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, but not easy to stay there.”