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‘Super coach’ Lang Ping to return to China women’s volleyball squad earlier than expected after dismal World Grand Prix results (China)

China “super coach” Jenny Lang Ping has answered an SOS call to return to the national women’s volleyball squad earlier than expected to help “steady the ship” after a series of shocking disappointments in the FIVB World Grand Prix finals.

Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games champions China were using the World Grand Prix finals in Nanjing last week to see where they stood against the rest of the world and at the end of the five-day tournament, the mainlanders failed even to finish on the podium as hosts.

The mainlanders finished fourth behind 12-time winners Brazil, with Italy and Serbia finishing second and third.

Lang, the only person, male or female, to have won gold at the Olympics both as a player in 1984 and as a coach in 2016, has been recuperating in the United States after hip surgery.

But she should feel well enough to rejoin the team at the women’s Grand Champions Cup in Japan next month, according to reports.


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