As the hosts of this year's inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals in Nanjing, world number one ranked team China will look to capitalise on the momentum from their recent successes, including winning the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, gold at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup and silver at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship.
The Olympic title in Rio was China’s third Olympic gold after triumphing at the Los Angeles 1984 and Athens 2004 Games. The Chinese team also won silver at the Atlanta 1996 Games and bronze at the Seoul 1988 and Beijing 2008 Games. They have also won two World Championship titles, in 1982 and 1986, in addition to four FIVB Volleyball World Cups, one FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, seven Asian Games and 13 Asian Championships.
China are one of only two teams, along with Japan, to have competed in all 25 editions of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix. The team have only won the gold medal once, finishing undefeated in the 2003 edition, but have picked up five silver and three bronze medals. Despite the support of a home crowd at the in the Final Six in Nanjing last year, Chinas finished outside of the medals in fourth place.