China's volleyball legend Lang Ping is awarded the Best Coach Award during the ceremony of 2016 CCTV Sports Personality of the Year in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 15, 2017. (Xinhua file photo/Ding Xu)
BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese volleyball legend Jenny Lang Ping will serve as vice president of the Chinese Volleyball Association (CVA), a senior official confirmed on Thursday.
"I am glad to confirm that Jenny will serve as CVA vice president. She has been a very famous volleyball player and coach and with her extraordinary experience and ability she is absolutely qualified for this position," said CVA vice president Li Quanqiang.
"I believe she can help us further boost the development of the sport in China and the development of the CVA," Li added.
Nicknamed the "Iron Hammer," the 56-year-old ace spiker became the first person, male or female, to have won gold at Olympics both as a player and as a coach when she guided the Chinese women's team to the top of the podium at the Rio Games in 2016.
Jenny's appointment came months after the election of Yao Ming as the president ot Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). The 2.26-meter former NBA All-star player took the helm of the CBA in February.