Baoquan moves from a successful posting as head coach at the Tianjin women’s club where he won an unprecedented seven Chinese National League Championships.
FIVB 2010 World Grand Prix
Women's World Rankings
“I know very well that the Chinese women’s national team is at a very difficult stage and we need time to make improvements,” said the 45 year-old, who was a member of China’s national team from 1989 to 1991. “I will put emphasis on scientific and also hard training and I have full confidence in leading the team to great achievements this year.”
“The team's main this year is to enter the top four in the World Championship and clinch the title at the Asian Games.” Baoquan added
China are due to take part in the FIVB Grand Prix from August 6 - 29, hosting the final round in Ningbo, and will want to improve on their fifth place finish from last year. Additionally they are taking part in the FIVB Women’s World Championship in Japan from October 29 to November 14 where they are grouped with Russia, Korea, Dominican Republic, Turkey and Canada.
The team will have 60 days training before participating on two legs of the four-nation international tournament from May 25 to June 5 in China. They will then travel to Switzerland for the Montreux Volley Masters tournament from June 8 to 13.
photos Janos Schmidt