A top official warned China's women may not be able to qualify for next year's Olympic Games after watching the team's performance in Macau. Wei Jizhong, president of the sport's world body, the FIVB, said the mainlanders had made little improvement against the rest of the world at the highest level. 'There will only be 12 teams in London, including the hosts, and it will be difficult for the Chinese to make it to the Games judging by their current performance,' said Wei, who was in Macau for the FIVB World Grand Prix finals, where China finished eighth out of the eight finalists. 'Chinese players are not up to standard and their co-ordination is not good enough. This has something to do with the selection of players, their basic training as well as the entire development system. 'China already lagged behind top powers such as Brazil, the United States and Russia and now they have also fallen behind Asian teams like Japan, Thailand and South Korea.' China have not missed an Olympics since the country returned to the Games in Los Angeles in 1984. There have won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the seven Games since then. To qualify for London, they need to finish in the top two in next month's Asian championships and join hosts Japan for November's World Cup, where three Olympic tickets are on offer. If they fail, they need to go through another qualification process for the eight remaining Olympic berths (hosts Britain are automatically admitted). But Wei, who was also the general secretary of the Chinese Olympic Committee from 1986 to 1997, said it should not affect the development of volleyball on the mainland even if the team failed to make the Olympics. 'It is unhealthy to develop a sport based only on ability to win an Olympics medal,' Wei said. 'There are 12 teams in the Olympic Games and only three of them can win medals. But the FIVB has more than 220 members and many of the countries have never had the chance to appear in an Olympics but still do a good job in developing the game in their own countries. 'China are still among the elite of world volleyball as they qualified for the [Macau] finals and can return to form if they manage to solve their problems.' United States coach Hugh McCutcheon, who led his team to a stunning 26-24, 25-20, 25-21 victory over Brazil in the final yesterday, also said China could bounce back. 'They are a young team and will learn fast,' he said. 'I always consider China a strong team.' It was the second consecutive World Grand Prix title for the Americans after their success in China last year. Their victory at the East Asian Games Dome also broke Brazil's 13-match winning streak in the four-week tournament, which included a 3-1 win over the Americans in the group stage. 'When you play Brazil, it's always challenging,' said McCutcheon. 'We performed to our best when it counted and the team showed great discipline today. 'There is still room for improvement and I believe our best is yet to come.' Spiker Destinee Hooker, who scored a team-high 16 points against Brazil, was named the MVP of the tournament with a cash award of US$15,000, while the champions also walked away with US$200,000.