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China launch Tokyo 2020 campaign with Lang Ping at the helm

Lang Ping led the first training session of China's women's National Team as the reigning Olympic champions launched their Tokyo 2020 campaign.
Beijing, China, April 8, 2017 - With legendary coach Lang Ping in attendance in her brand new role as Chief Coach, the women's National Team of China has gathered in Beijing to begin the four-year cycle leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where they hope to be defending their title from Rio 2016.

"Today is a meaningful day. I hope all the team members can go all out to be prepared," said Lang at the team's first training session. "What matters is that we all make progress."

The new session of national team takes in nine newcomers and Lang hopes to evaluate their prospect and potential through tough training.

Lang also stated that cultivating rookies is not only for 2020 Tokyo but also in planing ahead for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Lang Ping, 57, now has a new title of 'Chief Coach' at the Chinese women's national team - a position created for the first time in the country.

In a brilliant career spanning several decades as player and coach Lang has brought glory to the programme. As a player she led China to gold at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games after claiming the 1982 FIVB World Championship title. And last year she became the first ever person to win an Olympic gold both as player and as coach when she guided China to triumph at Rio 2016.

In addition, Lang coached USA to a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

As Lang may be absent in several games this year due to her rehabilitation programme following hip surgery, An Jiajie, the Executive Coach of National Team, will lead the coaching staff to complete everyday training and games, following the scheduled programme.

"As long as I have spare time, I will assist with the coaching team to give advice and work together with all the staff to solve problems," Lang said.

"In the new Olympics cycle, adjustments will be made by other opponents in the world and gifted newcomers will spring up constantly. At that time, every team will stand on the same starting line to compete for the title. However, our target is consistent and we will start from today and from zero to win a medal for China in Tokyo 2020."

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