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Liu Guoliang Terrified With The Earthquake In Sichuan

Liu Guoliang Terrified With The Earthquake In Sichuan
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The Chinese Men's Team is currently in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in preparation for the 2013 World Championships in Paris. Last Saturday, the team unfortunately experienced a natural calamity that left hundreds of deaths. After the strong earthquake, head coach Liu Guoliang admitted that he felt terrified experiencing the calamity first hand. 

 

China News. Head coach Liu Guoliang has the iron hand in the Chinese Men's Team. In trainings and competitions, he is in command. However, last Saturday, after experiencing the strong earthquake that hit Sichuan, Liu Guoliang admitted that he was frantic. 

It was supposedly a regular weekend with trainings lined up for the Chinese Men's Team in Chengdu last Saturday. However, things were disrupted shortly after 8 o'clock in the morning. A magnitude 7 earthquake has struck Ya'an, 140 kilometres away from Chengdu. 

After the strong tremors, a power failure occurred. With the need to check the safety of the training hall, the team stayed temporarily in an open field and had simple exercises there instead. Some players were not even able to wear their shirts rushing out. 

"If the earthquake happened in the evening, the consequences could have been unimaginable. The tremors were really strong. I felt the stadium was shaking." Liu Guoliang said. It was the first time head coach Liu Guoliang experienced a strong earthquake so he was clearly in a state of shock after the incident. 

"It was the first time I really felt an earthquake. I was really afraid at that moment. You would not know what will happen after. I wanted to run but did not know if there was still time. If I will not run, then I will be in panic. We were all scared but the locals were more calm." Liu Guoliang narrated. 

Wang Hao even sighed: "too scary!" "The number of casualties is rising. I pray that the victims will rest in peace. We pray together for Ya'an." Wang Hao added. 

As a Sichuan local, Qiu Yike is deeply saddened. "I am deeply saddened that Ya'an is still in aftershocks. I am praying that Ya'am will continue to be strong. The departed may rest in peace. I hope that earthquakes will not come back!" Qiu Yike wrote on his Weibo. 

Currently, the team is back to its normal routine as they continue to prepare for the 2013 World Championships in Paris. 

Photo source: sports.21cn.com

 

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