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CFA Vice-President Wei Di attends a seminar for China's youth soccer training and development sysytem in Dalian city, Liaoning province, in this Nov 4, 2011 file photo. [Photo/CFP]
BEIJING - Wei Di, head of Chinese soccer's governing body, will step down after three years in charge, said a senior official from General Sports Administration of China on Thursday.
"Furthermore, we must prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics from now on," he said.
Wei Di will be replaced by Zhang Jian, the director-general of Policy and Regulation Department of General Sports Adminstration of China, he noted, but refused to disclose the accurate date of the change and other details.
Wei was appointed in 2010 as the head of the Administration Center for Soccer by the General Administration of Sports, the governmental organization to manage all sports in China.
CFA President Cai Zhenhua and CFA Vice-President Wei Di, right, attend the press conference for a pilot program to explore new venues to develop soccer in five Chinese cities - Qingdao, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Dalian and Wuhan - chosen by the CFA and the General Administration of Sport of China, in Beijing, Dec 12, 2012. [Photo/CFP]
During his charge, the Chinese men's national team failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games, and did not survive the group stage in Asian Cup. The Chinese women's squad, for the first time, did not enter the 2011 World Cup finals.
However, Wei really did something in the improvenment of the Chinese Super League management, the nurturing of young talents and the battle against match-fixing scandals. But these could not improve the level of the Chinese soccer in short time.
Wei Di's efforts to help Chinese soccer:
Battle against match-fixing scandals:
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