Lang Ping [sina.com.cn]
Lang made the remarks during an interview whilst attending the launch of a charity project in Beijing where she and Zhu were named as public ambassadors.
Zhu, who just competed in the final round of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship qualification in Kazakhstan, was absent from the event.
This year, the coach underwent two hip surgeries, in January and June respectively. Currently, she is still recovering from her second hip replacement.
Earlier this month, the 57-year-old led the Chinese team to clinch the Women's World Grand Champions in Japan, but this was far from a full comeback for the volleyball icon.
"My plan this year is to treat the injuries and illness that have bothered me for many years. At present, my recovery is good but I need to make further efforts," she said.
The national women's volleyball team will soon kick off their last intensive training session for the year.
"I will spend the upcoming National Day and Mid-Autumn holidays with them at the training center," Lang added.
After the Chinese volleyball team won gold at the Rio Olympics, Zhu became a core player in the squad.
The country is lucky to have such a gifted athlete as Zhu Ting, but not everyone in the team need to be the same, Lang remarked.
"Chinese women's volleyball is a team. Members have different roles and capabilities. The key point is that every member does well with all her might," she added.
"A team is like a jigsaw and every piece is vital."
(Source: sina.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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