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President Graça visits sport leaders in Dominican Republic

FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° with NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 14, 2016 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° visited on Friday the offices the NORCECA Confederation operates from in Santo Domingo to serve the countries from North, Central America and the Caribbean.

Accompanied by NORCECA President Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, Dr. Graça participated in an exchange of experiences with the directors of the different departments including beach volleyball, sport events, finances, national federations, info technology and communications.

President Graça expressed his satisfaction with the levels of organization in which the confederation operates and the services offered to the different national federations under its umbrella.

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Dr. Graça, who was re-elected as FIVB President two weeks ago for a new eight-year mandate, is in the Dominican Republic to attend the annual ceremony of induction to the Dominican Republic Sport Hall of Fame on Sunday whose 2016 class includes Mr Marte Hoffiz as well as Cosiris Rodriguez, former captain of the women’s national team.

The visit to NORCECA completed an all-day tour of visits that included Dominican Republic Olympic Committee President Mr Luis Mejia Oviedo and the Dominican Minister of Sports and Recreation Mr Danilo Diaz.

The FIVB President discussed with both local sport leaders different plans to promote the practice of beach volleyball in the country and to emphasize on the inclusion of volleyball in the schools starting with the elementary grade.

Dr. Graça also commented on the necessity to further develop men’s volleyball in the Dominican Republic the same way it has happened with the women’s which is currently considered one of the top programs in the world at all age group levels.

(From left to right) President ad Vitam of Dominican Olympic Committtee (DOC) Dr. Jose Joaquin Puello, President of DOC Mr Luis Mejia Oviedo, FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graca F°, DOC Secretary General Mr Antonio Acosta and NORCECA President Mr Cristobal Marte Hoffiz 

He also toured the recently inaugurated “Albergue Olímpico” which is a lodge and training facility located in Santo Domingo with capacity for more than 200 athletes owned by the Dominican Olympic Committee.

The two-story complex includes a reception area, air conditioned bedrooms, dining areas, fitness, medical and lab spaces, meeting rooms, a library, classrooms and an indoor multi-sport pavilion.

“I think that both geographically and socially the Dominican Republic possesses all the conditions to be a centre for the promotion of volleyball and beach volleyball,” said Dr. Graça.

On Friday afternoon he visited the premises of the Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation whose executives, led by its president Mr Ramon Garcia, made a detailed presentation of the structure of the entity, the way it operates and the working and development plans.

He then was introduced to training sessions of the national teams of both genders and different age groups and visited the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Development Centre in the Dominican Republic where he received first hand information from the director Mr Nelson Ramirez about the courses and seminars the centre has been offering since it was opened in 1997.


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