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China Rio 2016 captain Hui bids farewell to active duty

 
Hui Ruoqi celebrates, the moment China beat Serbia at the Maracanazinho to win the Rio 2016 Olympic gold medal.
 
Lausanne, Switzerland, February 5, 2018 - After overcoming huge personal obstacles to lead China to triumph at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Hui Ruoqi is finally calling it quits, retiring from active duty according to reports in the Chinese media.



An emotional retirement ceremony for the 26-year-old outside hitter, who captained China to their epic 3-1 win over Serbia in the Olympic final at the Maracanazinho two years ago, was held during the China League match of her club Jiangsu at the close of the Regular Season over the weekend. Jiangsu beat Shanghai in five sets and made it to the semifinals of the national competition.

This puts an end to a brilliant 18-year career, during which Hui underwent multiple surgeries, including on her heart, but always came back to thrill her millions of fans at home and across the world.


Click on picture above to view a photo gallery on Sina Sports from Hui's emotional retirement ceremony.

Hui was on the China squad that finished runners-up to USA in the 2014 FIVB World Championship in Italy and also has a bronze medal from the 2011 FIVB World Cup in Japan. At club level she has a bronze with Guangdong Evergrande from the 2013 FIVB Club World Championship in Zurich.


Hui Ruoqi speaking at her retirement ceremony this weekend in China.

Hui will remain involved in the sport, but will now focus on a foundation she has set up to promote the development of women's volleyball.

"I will focus on the development foundation in 2018 and try to solve some social problems by sports activities," Hui said.

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