On August 25, 2016, General Secretary Xi Jinping met all the members of the Chinese sports delegation of the 31st Olympic Games and in particular praised the Chinese Women’s Volleyball Team as the spirit they showed: the Chinese women’s volleyball team feared no one and played indomitably with their tenacious style and high level. China’s first Olympic volleyball gold medal in 12 years fully demonstrated the spirit of the Chinese women’s volleyball team. The people all over the country were very excited about it.
The basic connotation of the spirit ofChinese women’s volleyball team can be summarized as selfless dedication; unity and cooperation; the hardworking and enterprising spirits; continuous self-improvement. The Chinese women’s volleyball team was not afraid of any strong opponents and struggled mightily in the competition. During the Game, they showed superb skills and tenacious willpower. They fully inherit and carry forward the spirit of the Chinese women’s volleyball team which is unity, tenacity and self-improvement, and perfectly interpret the core of the Chinese sports spirit—winning glory for the country and the Olympic motto—faster, higher, stronger.
At Los Angles 1984 Olympic Games, Chinese women’s volleyball team participated in the OlympicGames for the first time and stood on the highest podium. In the years that followed, they created a record of winning five successive championships of the women’s volleyball world series.
At Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the Chinese women’s volleyball team, faced with 0-2 in the final, didn’t give up. They took 3 straight sets dramatically and beat Russia to win their second Olympic champion.
At Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Chinese women’s volleyball team was at a disadvantage with ranking No.4 in the group test. However, beating strong opponents including Brazil, Netherlands, Serbia in the knockout round, they reached the final and won the champion after 12 years.
The spirit of Chinese women’s volleyball team and the essence of traditional Chinese culture come down in one continuous line.
The modern athletic sports is a composite system combined with nationalism, statism, patriotism, collectivism and individual heroism. The patriotism and collectivism displayed by the Chinese women’s volleyball team are the spirit of unity and courage. The players’ strong fighting spirit, indomitable will, concentration and high skill levels lay a solid foundation to compete with the world’s strong teams. Every athlete’s strong desire to win is a powerful driving force for the team to win honor for the country.
The spirit of Chinese women’s volleyball team displays the socialist core values.
From the national level, the triumph of the Chinese women’s volleyball team at Olympic Games and other World Series reflects the socialist country’s prosperity, civilization and harmony, externally promotes China’s position in the world and internally enhances the centripetal force and cohesion of the general public. From the social level, it embodies freedom and justice and shows the positive progress and opening up of China. From the citizen level, it reflects patriotism and professional dedication of the athletes, coaches and sports professionals.
The spirit of Chinese women’s volleyball team is a call of the national fitness era.
The public participation in sports is the need of the times and the foundation of the development of China’s competitive sports. The national fitness program needs the spirit of Chinese women’s volleyball team which plays an important leading and driving role. The achievements and spirit of the Chinese women’s volleyball team will inspire the entire Chinese nation to achieve continuous self-improvement. All walks of life should learn this spirit to motivate them to work hard. On the new journey of realizing the Chinese Dream, we need to vigorously carry forward this spirit and make unremitting efforts to realize the“two centenary goals” and the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.