China will be competing in their 25th FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix and are one of just two teams, along with Japan, to have appeared in all editions of the tournament. They have only won the gold medal once – when they finished undefeated in the 2003 edition – but have picked up five silver and three bronze medals.
As hosts of this year’s Grand Prix Final Six in Nanjing, China will seek to capitalise on the momentum from their 2014 FIVB World Championship silver medal, their 2015 FIVB World Cup gold and their Rio 2016 Olympic title. That was their third Olympic gold after Los Angeles 1984 and Athens 2004. They also have a silver from Atlanta 1996 and two bronze from Seoul 1988 and Beijing 2008. China have also won two World Championship titles in 1982 and 1986, in addition to four FIVB World Cups, one FIVB Grand Champions Cup, seven Asian Games and 13 Asian Championships.