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The Place Where Dream Begin for Gao Peng, Li Yang...

The men's beach volleyball competition of the 13th Tianjin National Games has finished recently, Gao Peng and Li Yang from Shanghai team beat Chen Cheng and Li Jian from Fujian team with 2-0 win in the final, the score were 21-19, 21-17. Before the game, both of them admitted that this would be the last national game for them. Gao Peng said that “our goal is gold medal and we’ve made it today, we are very happy”, while Li Yang said that “we have spent more than ten years together on training and competition. We have always been waiting for this champion. We cherished the last match very much and the gold medal leaves us no regret for our beach volleyball career.” Yangpu is where their dream began 20 years ago. 



Ai Guangming, Gao Peng and Li Yang’s first coach, recalled that he was impressed by Li Yang at the first sight because of his outstanding height, and Li Yang’s shining eye also confirmed his determination to cultivate this young boy. “Li Yang gave me the sense that he is very intelligent. For volleyball, if one wants to be excellent, hard training is far from enough. The brain is the key element that determines the achievement one can make." Later on, Li Yang began his training with Ai Guangming in Yangpu children's sports school, where he met with Gao Peng and this changed his career of volleyball.



The two boys with unyielding spirit were selected to the volleyball team 



Although Li Yang and Gao Peng form the beach volleyball combination in the sports team after they graduated from the municipal sports school, they had been sworn followers since they were in Yangpu children's sports school. “Gao Peng was very young when he first came to Shanghai alone, so he was intimate with Li Yang.” Li Yang, as a Shanghai native, took care of his buddy. Gao Peng often visited Ai Guangming and Li Yang’s home at that time. After entering the municipal sports school and when many teammates returned home for holidays and festivals, Li Yang would invite him to his home, “Let’s go back to my home.”



“Supervisor Shen Fulin came to me when they just graduated from the municipal sports school and said to let them play beach volleyball, so they formed the combination in sports team instead of going directly to Oriental Oasis adult team training base.” On the one hand, Ai Guangming and supervisor Shen appreciated their years of tacit understanding; on the other hand, beach volleyball, as an outdoor pair event, set higher requirement for players’ endurance and willpower, while Gao Peng and Li Yang’s unyielding spirit impressed Ai Guangming most. “Other team members would be dispirited when losing game, but they two are never yielding.” 



Gao Peng and Li Yang played a city-level games on behalf of Yangpu district when they were still in the municipal sports school, but the Yangpu team with potential for champion was unexpectedly lose in the semifinals. The two 1.90-meter-high boys broke into tears after losing the game. “They hugged me and said they would win next time for sure, but they went to sports team and could not have the chance to participate in the city-level games”. Although Gao Peng and Li Yang did not say, Ai Guangming knew that it had been their regret for not winning a gold medal for Yangpu. 



Build the "comprehensive training system" of Yangpu volleyball to expect the rise of more reserve talents



On the list of national games, apart from the beach volleyball combination of Gao Peng and Li Yang, Ai Guangming’s students Wang Yuanjie and Chen Longhai were also selected to the Shanghai men's volleyball team, accounting for two-thirds of the national games volleyball players sent by Yangpu district. Although Ai Guangming is in his sixties, he chooses to be reemployed by the children's sports school after retirement and continues to make contribution to Shanghai volleyball cause. This year, Yangpu district has hosted competitions including the Shanghai Youth Volleyball Grand Prix and ten series competition for the young. According to the training division of Sports Bureau of Yangpu District, in addition to hosting more high-quality events, Yangpu will build a reserve school team selected from primary school affiliated to Fudan University, the Second Middle School affiliated to Fudan University and Middle School affiliated to Fudan University where Ai Guangming taught. In such a way, capable athletes would come to study in the middle school affiliated to Fudan University and more excellent volleyball players are expected to be cultivated in the system for combination of education and sports.

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