At present, the oldest in the Chinese womens volleyball team is Yanni, 33. The main reason why she stayed in the team was that there was a big gap between her young secondary attack and her. Another year means that she will continue to overcome the impact of injury and train hard for another year. In addition, it is unknown whether there will be any youngsters to take her place next year.
Ding Xia, the second major player, will turn 30 this year. Its also 31 years old for the replacement to take over Zeng Chunlei. Its also 31 years old for the replacement to take over Zeng Chunlei. These players are all facing competition from new members of the team, who will lose the chance to participate in the last Olympic Games if they are not careful.
In addition, Zhu Ting was originally preparing for the Olympic Games before returning to China last season to fight for the volleyball Super League. The postponement of the Olympic Games means that she will continue to play for Tianjin team, which has a great impact on her overseas career.
Except for the Chinese womens volleyball team, there are athletes who may be affected by the delay in other sports events. For example, Malone and Ding Ning, two Rio Olympic gold medalists, will be 32 and 30 years old respectively. Malone has been far away from the peak after being affected by injuries in 2018. Ding Ning is also limited by injuries and technical play. A one-year extension is likely to disqualify them.
In addition, Lin Dan, who is striving to participate in the fifth Olympic Games, will be 37 at that time. With his current points and status, even this years Olympic Games have some problems, let alone next years Olympic Games.
Qilu Evening News, Qilu one point trainee reporter Ji Yu
Source: Qilu Evening News Editor in charge: Zhao Ruiqi