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Coaches Course Level I Opens in Santo Domingo


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, August 13, 2017 – A NORCECA-FIVB International Level I Coaches Course of the  Regional  Development Center of Volleyball, was inaugurated with the presence of the Minister of Sports of the Dominican Republic Mr. Danilo Díaz, the President of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), Luis Mejía Oviedo, the First Vice-President of the International Volleyball Federation and President of the NORCECA Confederation, Mr. Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, the Instructors who teach the Course, Mr. Gabriel Salvia of Argentina and Juan Cartagena of Puerto Rico, assisted by coaches Wilson Sánchez and Evelyn Carrera of Dominican Republic.


Also in attendance were Antonio Acosta, General Secretary of COD, Mr. Bernardo Mesa, Technical Director of the Ministry of Sports, Mr. Angel Rivas, representing the Dominican Volleyball Federation.


Participants from Puerto Rico, Curacao, Venezuela, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, including  active players of National Volleyball Teams, as Elvis Contreras Dominican team captain, José Cáceres and Tolinson Aquino, members of the men’s Dominican team, as well as Cándida Arias and Jeoselyna Rodríguez active players of the Dominican female National Team. Also Víctor Rivera former captain of the National Team of Puerto Rico and Anderson Prosper of the National team of Curacao.


In his speech, Mr. Marte Hoffiz expressed the joy the FIVB and NORCECA feel with the organization of the course and the fact that active and retired athletes from different countries are also participating, which guarantees a new generation of coaches is coming along for the benefit the development of volleyball.


He also mentioned the great work carried out by the NORCECA/FIVB  Regional Development Center of Volleyball, at the turn of the 20th anniversary of its founding and that not only coaches have passed, but have been graduated referees, statisticians , journalists, sports administrators, etc.


Mr. Díaz said that the Regional Development Center  of Volleyball has been a great example of work in the country and that it has been the great motivating force for other sports organizations to bring education of all its members, He said that the FIVB, has set a great example with the creation of these centers of development what should continue, at the end extended a warm congratulations to the director of the Development Center Prof. Nelson José Ramírez for the great work in front of the center, praising the quality of organization of events and the professional way that all its staff work.


Mejía Oviedo President of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD) urged all participants to work for their sport and congratulated the athletes who at the end of their competitive life dedicate themselves to teaching their sport, and also the 20 years fruitful work by the center and especially the director Ramírez.


The course will finish next Thursday with the presentation of the certificates to the students who approve the course.