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Martinez chosen for 2020 PlayTrue Torch Relay Project

Dominican Republic player Jineiry Martinez will participate in the PlayTrue Torch Relay Programme
Tokyo, Japan, October 7, 2015 - Dominican Republic volleyball player Jineiry Martinez has been chosen by the Japanese Anti-Doping Agency to take part in the Play True Torch Relay Project, Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy project.

The PLAY TRUE Torch Relay is a project in which a wide range of athletes of different countries, sport and generations take part to leave a legacy of the “truth” in sport, embracing the world and the future.

Jineiry Martinez

The “Truth” that each athlete has found through sport and in living will be inscribed in the unique makimono. It is a symbol of the infinite possibilities of sport and relayed as a message to the world and to the future. 

El Deporte me hizo fuerte – Sport has made me strong
“More than anything, when I’m playing volleyball, I try to have no fear,” Jineiry said. “To continue to play hard and not fear making mistakes, I always try to play with a smile on my face, staying positive at all times no matter what the situation. This is something I learned from my mother, who worked as a manager for the Youth National Team. ”

Jineiry Martinez

“What got me started in volleyball was watching my sister, who is one year older than me, play and thinking it was really cool. Though we do get into arguments sometimes, she is a good friend and a good teammate as well on the current National Team. Having someone right there to constantly share the ups and downs is a wonderful thing, and I’m grateful for it.”

The 17-year-old Martinez was the youngest athlete at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup that concluded in Japan recently and part of the Dominican Republic team that won the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship this year. 

“I’ve been on the Junior and Youth Teams, and am now on the National Team,” Martinez added. “Representing one’s country is a big responsibility, and my sense of that responsibility continues to steadily grow. But I don’t really feel any pressure. More than anything I simply like playing volleyball.

My future
“At the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games next year and for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, I have high expectations for myself as an athlete. This is why I plan to continue to play without getting away from my foundation, which is to simply enjoy volleyball, the sport I love, and work hard to help make the team a success. I will move forward with a positive attitude, a smile and without fear.”

Jineiry MartinezPhoto: Keita Yasukawa

For more information about the PlayTrue Torch Relay Project and to meet Jineiry click here.

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