Li Named to World University Games Staff

July 20, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Dr. James Li, men's and women's cross country and assistant track and field coach at Washington State University, has been appointed the head manager for the United States men's team competing at the 2001 World University Games.

The World University Games are slated for Aug. 21-Sept. 1 at Beijing, China, site of the 2008 Olympic Games. The World University Games, using the Olympic format for events and competition, is the second largest multi-sport event in the world, with the summer Olympic games claiming first.

The United States men's team coaching staff is led by Ralph Lindeman, head coach at the Air Force Academy and president of the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The US team is comprised of the top two current university students or recent graduates who competed at the US National Meet last month at Eugene.

'Most of the participants are young, upcoming athletes who have traditionally used the competition as a way to gain valuable international experience and learn the mechanisms involved in traveling with a national team,' Li said.

Li is from Chengdu, Sichuan, and graduated from the Beijing Institute of Physical Education in 1982 and coached at the Sichuan Sports Technique Institute from 1983-85. He was a graduate assistant coach at WSU from 1985-90, and the head track and field coach at Mankato State from 1990-94. Li joined the WSU coaching staff fulltime in 1994 and was appointed the head coach for the Cougar men's and women's cross country program in 1998.

'It is an honor to be asked to be a part of the staff and I'm looking forward to this great experience,' Li said.

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