Marte Hoffiz attends ceremony at Foreign Affairs Ministry

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 18, 2019 - The Olympic Committee of the Dominican Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have signed a cooperation agreement whereby diplomatic legations will support national teams that participate in international competitions.

Thursday 19 de September del 2019 16:00 PM

Mr. Luis Mejia Oviedo, president of the Olympic Committee and IOC member, represented the DROC while the Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado represented the foreign Affairs Ministry.

Representatives of National Federations attended the ceremony, including Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of the Female's Volleyball Project of the Dominican Federation, the most visible program in the international scene.

Another purpose of the agreement signed at the headquarters of the ministry is that "high level athletes can be able to promote the country as a safe tourism destination, thus enhancing the reputation of Dominican Republic at the international level," the diplomat commented.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Vargas, indicated that these types of agreements create inter-institutional synergies and promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular those related to health and well-being, "which can be achieved through the participation of actors non-state that like the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD) have always been committed to the constant improvement of the levels of quality in the national sport".

He also said that his relationship with the Dominican Olympic movement comes from very far away.

Vargas also highlighted the great performance by the Dominican athletes in the Pan American Games Lima 2019, where they obtained the historic figure of 40 medals, "the highest number reached by the Dominican Republic in these continental games."

The minister predicted that, thanks to the talent and discipline of each of these athletes, in the next Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the country will be able to enjoy great moments "like those offered by Dominican sports stars, Félix Sánchez, Luguelín Santos, Luisito Pie, among others".                                                                                                                  




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