BEIJING, Aug.4 -- Volleyball legend Lang Ping and table tennis Liu Guoliang are among the five nominees named by China to run for the second edition of the IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards, the State General Administration of Sport of China (SGAS) announced on Friday.
Lang Ping (File photo: IC)
Joining Lang and Liu on the nominees list are Zhang Jun (badminton), Sun Haiping (athletics) and Zhou Jihong (diving).
The SGAS said in a statement that the five coaches have been nominated based on their career performances.
But the nominations are subject to changes pending public opinions, added the SGAS.
Liu Guoliang (File photo: IC)
"Anybody who has evidence about those nominees' conduct against sportsmanship or ethics can report to the SGAS," said the statement.
Liu, a former Grand Slam champion, had guided the Chinese table tennis team in four Olympic Games. Under his reign, China won 15 out of 16 golds awarded in the sport since the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Lang, formerly China's most illustrious spiker known as the "Iron Hammer", steered the Chinese women's volleyball team to Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Zhou Jihong (File photo: VCG)
Zhou Jihong has coached the Chinese diving team for two decades, while Zhang Jun helped the Chinese badminton team win seven gold medals from the London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Sun Haiping was the man behind Liu Xiang, the first Chinese male athlete who has ever won an Olympic gold medal in athletics.
Sun Haiping (File photo: IC)
The IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards were launched last year. It is an initiative of the IOC Athletes' Entourage Commission to raise awareness about the athletes' entourage and recognise the important role coaches play in supporting athletes on the road to their sporting dreams. The awards are presented annually.
Nominations can be made by Olympians, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, members of the IOC Athletes' and Athletes' Entourage Commissions and IOC Members.
Zhang Jun (File photo: IC)
The winner of the first edition were retired American swimming coach Jon Urbanchek and Japanese synchronized swimming coach Kaneko Masako.