Dominicans resume training ahead of next year’s Olympics
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, September 22, 2020 – The
Dominican Republic Women’s Team, one of the squads qualified to
the Olympic Games, has resumed training at the Volleyball
Pavilion of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Park following a
strict protocol to protect the health of the athletes and
Besides the weight training at the gym, the players have started
with light drills designed by Brazilian coach Marcos Kwiek and
his staff of assistants.
“After several months of forced stoppage due to the pandemic
Covid-19 we have been able to resume training”, said Kwiek. “We
have started slowly as the players get into rhythm and shape
after many months without touching a volleyball”.
“But you can write that step by step we will get where we want
to be as a competitive team once the international season get
started,” Kwiek added.
“At this moment we have started our training with some drills of
serving, receiving, attacking and blocking placing two and three
players on each side of the net in two different courts of the
volleyball complex,” Kwiek said. “Then gradually we will improve
our intensity and number of players on each side.”
The Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation authorized the
resume of training under the conditions established by the
National Health Ministry and the Dominican Olympic Committee.
The Dominican Women’s team, known as “The Queens of the
Caribbean”, is currently ranked 9th in the world by FIVB.
In January 2020, they qualified to the Olympic Games after
winning a four-team tournament against sides from Mexico, Canada
and Puerto Rico.
In 2019, they won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in
Lima and the NORCECA Continental Championship in Puerto Rico
plus a silver medal at the Pan American Cup.