The Dominican Volleyball in world exclusive seat

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, February 13, 2019 - The Dominican Republic is currently one of two countries on the entire planet whose women's volleyball teams are ranked in the top 10 in the world ranking of the four divisions existing in the program of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).

This has been recognized by the President of that institution, Dr. Ary S. Graça F °, by awarding a diploma of recognition to the Dominican Volleyball Federation in the hands of its First Executive Vice President Mr. Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, during a ceremony held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Marte Hoffiz, who is First Executive Vice President of the FIVB and President of the NORCECA Confederation, traveled to Switzerland on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Council of Sports Events of the world organization.

Brazil, one of the great volleyball powers across the globe, is the other nation whose groups of women are ranked among the top ten in the four categories which are Senior, U23, U20 and U18.

President Graça F° said that the case of the Dominican Republic is an example worthy of being imitated, not only in NORCECA, but in other regions of the world by countries with the same characteristics and conditions, highlighting the effort of a small nation to develop the sport until being placed in that privileged position.

Marte Hoffiz, who chairs the National Women's Volleyball Program of the Dominican Federation, received the diploma visibly moved in the presence of the Presidents of the Confederations of Europe, Asia, South America and Africa, as well as the Director General of the FIVB, Fabio Azevedo.

The Dominican Republic is ranked tenth in the Senior category of the world ranking, having finished ninth in the FIVB Women's World Championship held in Japan, ninth place in the U-20 category and third place in the category Sub-23 as in the U-18 category. Brazil ranks fourth in Senior, U23 and U20 and is ninth in U18.

Marte Hoffiz gave credit to the coaching staff and coaches who work in a program that ranges from the initiation to the senior category and where the players in addition to practicing volleyball receive scholarships for school education as they polish their innate conditions for practice of volleyball.

The Dominican Republic won the title of world champion in the U-20 category in 2015 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In the U-23 class they runner-ups in 2013 in Tijuana, Mexico and bronze medalists in 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.

In the Senior category the greatest achievements have been the third place in the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in 2009 in Fukuoka, Japan and a fifth place in the 2014 World Championship in Italy. They have taken part in the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and in London 2012.

In the male class the South American countries Brazil and Argentina have their teams in the Top-10 of the four categories as well as Russia and Iran, Europe and Asia, respectively.

Brazil is number 1 in Senior, third in U-23, fourth in U-21 and eighth in U-19, Argentina is number 1 in U-23, sixth in U-21, seventh in Senior and tenth in U-19.

Russia is second in U-21, third in U-19, fourth in U-23 and fifth in Senior. Iran, on the other hand, is first in U-19, fifth in U-21, sixth in U-23 and eighth in Senior.