WGP Hong Kong leg set to open with worries deepened on China's injuries

21:21, August 18, 2010      

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The 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Hong Kong leg will be kicked off on Friday, and some 30,000 tickets for six matches in three days have already been sold out, said the Volleyball Association of Hong Kong here on Wednesday. However, the not-so-exciting news may be another injury in the already scarred China team.

It was said Wei Qiuyue, captain of China, got herself hurt in the arm during the training on Wednesday morning, just four days after Hui Ruoqi, one of China's top point scorers, got injured in the game against the Netherlands in Macao and was out of the tournament. Her absence led to two consecutive losses for China in games to the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Other star players including Xue Ming, Li Juan and Zhang Xian all suffered from physical damages.

During the press conference Wednesday, where coaches and captains of all teams were invited to meet the media, Wang Baoquan, head coach of China, was bombarded with questions on players' injury status, so many that the organizer had to remind reporters to save some for others.

Wang admitted that the team was in a quite difficult situation after Hui's leaving. Injuries were but not the only reason for the team's underperformances, Wang said, the key problem was lack of receiving players. Still he expressed worries that injuries may produce obstacles during the Asian games and the World Championship.

The 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Hong Kong leg, with the participation of China, Thailand, Germany and the United States, will be held in Hong Kong Coliseum from August 20 to 22.



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