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CHN - Gong back at the helm of China
BEIJING (FIBA Asia Championship) - China are in recovery mode, looking to the future with optimism after a difficult period that has seen them lose their status as Asia heavyweights.
Several months after their team's Quarter-Final upset at the hands of Chinese Taipei at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in the Philippines, the Chinese decided at the last hour to withdraw their bid for a wild card for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
China have instead decided to regroup and concentrate on the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, and next year's FIBA Asia Championship, a tournament that will serve as a qualifying event for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Veteran Gong has taken the reins from Greek Panagiotis Giannakis.
The coach of that Tall Ferns side, Tom Maher, then replaced Gong as the China women national team coach.
Gong has not coached a team for the past 10 years but instead been has an official in the CBA.
He once played the game himself.