Santo Domingo, June 20. The Dominican Republic will compete in the Bolivarian Games in Valledupar (Colombia) with a delegation of 334 athletes who will participate in 32 disciplines and with the expectation of surpassing their previous attendance at that South American event.
At the last minute it was decided to send baseball teams, the most popular sport in the country, and soccer, as a result of recent sports agreements signed by the governments of the Antillean nation and Colombia, precisely.
“We hope to surpass the performance we achieved in Santa Marta (2017), because we have a large number of young athletes of great value and we will be represented in more than 30 sports,” the secretary general of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD) told Efe on Monday. Gilberto Garcia.
The manager considered that his nation is in a “very good moment” in sports and that this will be reflected in the Bolivarian Games. The delegation is completed by 194 officers.
The experienced karate fighter María Dimitrova and the boxer Alexy de la Cruz will be the Dominican flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the competition, which will begin on June 24 and end on July 5.
Dimitrova, a kata specialist, has won gold in the last four editions of the Central American and Caribbean Games, and also won the bronze medal at the World Beach Games in Qatar 2019.
De la Cruz was a gold medalist at the Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta in 2017 and won silver at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in 2019.
The Dominican Republic is one of the four countries invited to the games, out of a total of 11 nations.
The Caribbean country will compete in athletics, badminton, basketball, handball, baseball, bowling, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, skiing, soccer, gymnastics and golf, among other disciplines.
The main figure of Dominican athletics, the sprinter Marileidy Paulino, will not participate in Valledupar, because she is in the final stage of preparation for the World Championship in Oregon, USA.
The first time the country competed in the Bolivarian Games was in Ciudad Trujillo, Peru, in 2013, when it won 79 medals with a delegation of 212 athletes, who competed in 25 sports.
The Dominican Republic ranked seventh with 18 gold, 17 silver and 44 bronze medals.
In the version of Santa Marta, Colombia, he participated with a delegation of 272 people, including 185 athletes. On that occasion, the country achieved seventh place by reaching 68 medals, including 18 gold, 16 silver and 34 bronze. EFE
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