Topic | China volleyball set off the "tide of studying abroad" by relying on real skills, reputation and achievements.

On February 11th, the Gdansk Club of Polish Men’s Volleyball announced that Zhang Jingyin, a player from China, will play in the Polish Men’s Volleyball League wearing the same No.22 jersey as the national team. Zhang Jingyin has also become another China player to join a high-level overseas league after Jiangchuan and Zhu Ting. China players are being recognized by overseas clubs and awarded overseas league contracts by virtue of their outstanding performance in the national team and league. Zhang Jingyin hopes that she can play abroad and bring back good experience, so that China volleyball can make progress.

The local team of the Association recommended overseas league recognition.

Recently, China’s men’s and women’s volleyball national teams have assembled in Fujian and Zhejiang training bases to start a new year’s training. Different from previous years, many main players did not appear in the training base. Under the recommendation and operation of China Volleyball Association and local teams, men’s volleyball team captain Jiang Chuan, women’s volleyball team captain Zhu Ting, men’s volleyball league popular king Zhang Jingyin and other players have landed in overseas leagues.

This is a gratifying step for China Volleyball to improve its volleyball level by sending high-level athletes to join high-level leagues. On the other hand, the level of men’s and women’s volleyball in China has also been recognized by overseas leagues. Zhu Ting, the captain of China Women’s Volleyball Team, won an annual salary of one million euros in the Turkish Women’s Volleyball League. Zhu Ting’s performance in the previous national team conquered the top overseas leagues. At the beginning of this year, Yao Di, a setter who just won the China Women’s Volleyball Super League championship on behalf of Tianjin Women’s Volleyball Team, also got a contract with Scandi odd team in Serie A and became a teammate with Zhu Ting.

Zhang Jingyin, a Zhejiang player who performed well in the China Men’s Volleyball Super League, arrived in Gdansk, Poland on the 11th with his coaching team, and will soon join the Polish Men’s Volleyball Super League. Zhang Jingyin’s jersey number in the club is still the number 22 of the national team. The Polish Men’s Volleyball Super League is one of the three top men’s volleyball leagues in the world. As the first China player to play in Bochao, Zhang Jingyin is facing a lot of challenges. First of all, the number of foreign aid players in Bo Chao League is limited to three, and secondly, Zhang Jingyin will also face the test of strong blocking in Europe. In this regard, Zhang Jingyin said that she is going to participate in the competition with a learning attitude.

Serie A welcomed the third foreign aid from China this season. Born in 2000, she served as the main attack and response of Sichuan women’s volleyball team in the past two seasons. As the absolute core of the team, Miao Yiwen averaged 6.59 and 5.86 in the current China Women’s Volleyball League, ranking first in both rankings. In the ranking of effective scoring index of main attack players, Miao Yiwen’s effective scoring index reached 4.37. Second only to Li Yingying. It can be said that Miao Yiwen is a Serie A team impressed by the excellent performance of the League.

There is bitterness and sweetness in studying abroad, and fame and position are played out.

Playing in overseas leagues is both an opportunity and a challenge for China players. Overseas club leagues gather masters from all over the world and various styles of play. On the one hand, China players need to compete with opponents across the net, but also compete with teammates for playing opportunities. Just like Zhu Ting, her fame and position are based on competition and achievements.

With the active operation and recommendation of China Volleyball Association and local teams, China men’s volleyball players set off a climax of "studying abroad". Before the start of the Chinese Men’s Volleyball League, Beijing Auto Men’s Volleyball Team has sent many players, including captain Jiang Chuan, Wang Dongchen and Zhang Binglong, to compete overseas and other teams. At present, Peng Shikun, Yu Yuantai and Yu Yaochen have joined Japanese and Qatari Asian clubs to play. At present, Jiangchuan stands firm in Japan Men’s Volleyball League with his skill and hard work. He won the title of scoring champion in a single game in the Japanese league for many times, and was also selected for the All-Star team. On the other hand, in addition to training and playing ball in Hiroshima Club, Jiangchuan is only responsible for two meals a day on training day and competition day. Other necessities of life must be purchased by yourself. Jiangchuan needs to do it personally in diet and daily life to ensure that his body is in the best condition.

When the China Women’s Volleyball Super League came to an end, Beijing Auto Women’s Volleyball Team helped Jin Ye go through the formalities and joined the Jakarta BIN team of Indonesian League together with Chen Peiyan of Guangdong Women’s Volleyball Team. This shows that Beijing Women’s Volleyball Team supports players to play abroad. In the debut of Jin Ye and Chen Peiyan joining the Indonesian League, they helped the team beat the six-time champion national electric women’s volleyball team in the Indonesian League. Unfortunately, after that, the team terminated the contract with Jin Ye, and the national player failed to play the complete Indonesian league.

Training+Studying in China Volleyball requires walking on two legs.

In the 2023 season, both men’s and women’s volleyball teams in China will face the test of competition. In addition to the World League and the Asian Championship, the China Men’s Volleyball Team also has the Asian Games and the Paris Olympic Qualifiers. The three-month training of China Men’s Volleyball Team hopes to strengthen basic skills, further polish skills and tactics, and prepare for the qualification of the Paris Olympic Games. China women’s volleyball team shouted the slogan that the Asian Games must win the championship. At that time, the players who will fight overseas are bound to become an important part of the national team. From training to studying abroad, China volleyball began to walk on two legs.

In late May this year, China women’s volleyball team will soon go to the World Women’s Volleyball League. The 2024 Paris Olympic Qualifying Tournament held from September 16th to 24th and the Hangzhou Asian Games held from September 28th to October 7th are the most important. Head coach Cai Bin said that the goal of China women’s volleyball team in the Asian Games must be a gold medal. In addition, China women’s volleyball team should get tickets for the Paris Olympic Games in the qualifying round at the first time.

China men’s volleyball training, because many players such as Jiang Chuan and Zhang Jingyin participated in overseas leagues, the number of China men’s volleyball players participating in the training was reduced from 25 to 18. Zhang Jingyin said: "We can broaden our horizons and recognize a different level of league. In high-level clubs, learn how others train and compete. I hope that we can play abroad and bring back their good things, and then we can study together and make progress together. "

The number of women’s volleyball training in China was also reduced from 23 to 18 because Ding Xia, Zhu Ting and others did not participate in the training. At present, Zhu Ting and Yao Di are fighting fiercely in the Italian Women’s Volleyball League. Zhu Ting’s performance is stable, maintaining a success rate of about 50% in many competitions. Yao Di also began to enter the starting list and found his place in the team.

Overseas leagues also give young players a chance to attack the position of China women’s volleyball team in the future. Sun Jie, an assistant from Shandong, has joined Maccabi Club in Haifa, Israel League until the end of the 23rd season. She is the first player from China in the history of Israel Women’s Volleyball League. Sichuan meets Miao Yiwen and becomes the third China player to land in Serie A this season after Zhu Ting and Yao Di. If these players perform well in overseas leagues, they may be able to impress China women’s volleyball coach Cai Bin.

Since she was promoted to the adult group, Miao Yiwen has not had many opportunities to represent China women’s volleyball team in international competitions. Last year, she was selected for the China Women’s Volleyball Team by virtue of her outstanding performance in the League, and participated in the World Women’s Volleyball League sub-competition. Unfortunately, Miao Yiwen only appeared as a substitute in the match with the Thai women’s volleyball team. Since then, she has failed to be selected for the China Women’s Volleyball World Championships. This time, Miao Yiwen impressed Serie A clubs through league performance, and Miao Yiwen also got another chance to prove herself.

Whether these players studying abroad can become the main force of China volleyball national team in the future depends on their own abilities and the needs of the team. Since the pace of volleyball training+studying abroad in China has been taken, we should boldly move forward. As Zhang Jingyin said when talking about his communication with Wu Sheng, head coach of China Men’s Volleyball Team, "Coach Wu also hopes that I can have a good exercise when I go abroad this time, make a major breakthrough in serving and bring back good experience. In the future, I will play well in the national team competition. "

Text/Beijing Youth Daily reporter Yan Peng

Editor/Wang Haozhou