Feng Chenghai standing with the trophy he won in 1963. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]
Zhejiang volleyball icon and former national team leader Feng Zhenghai died on June 7. The Chinese Volleyball Federation mourned his passing on June 9.
Feng was born Hangzhou In 1935. He began professional volleyball training in 1953 and was selected into the Chinese national team in 1957. Feng Ho was the pioneer and captain of the team.
Feng represented China in more than 200 international competitions and his most valuable memory was shaking hands with the late Prime Minister Zhou Enlai in 1963.
“This was the ultimate reward I could dream of. The Prime Minister knew my name and number. Feng said.
“The Prime Minister came straight towards us when he got off the plane and shook hands with us. He encouraged us to train for the upcoming Olympics.”
After retiring as a player in 1965, Feng coached the Zhejiang men’s volleyball team, the Zhejiang women’s volleyball team, and the soldiers’ volleyball team in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Feng Lei, son of Feng Zhenghai, said, “My father has spent his whole life doing one thing and that is volleyball.” “When he was too old to be a coach, he committed himself to coaching teenage players and promoted soft-touch volleyballs for seniors. He continued to play until his 80s.”
According to his son, Feng was proud to be “the first Hangzhou native to join the Chinese national volleyball team” and that his biggest wish was to attend the upcoming Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
“It’s a shame he won’t be able to go, but we will pass on his enthusiasm for developing China’s volleyball scene,” Feng Li added.
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