Santo Domingo qualifiers for Veracruz 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games: Action starts today!
Dominican Republic will become the continental capital of Taekwondo in a few hours, as no less than 20 World and Olympic champions will get together in Santo Domingo. The Dominican capital will host between today and tomorrow the qualifying tournament for the Central American and Caribbean Games Veracruz 2014, to be held next November in the Mexican city. Hundreds of athletes from almost all countries affiliated to the ODECABE (Sports Organization for Central American and Caribbean regions) are already in Santo Domingo to take 144 of the 160 invitations intended for Taekwondo in the Central American and Caribbean Games 2014.
Francisco Camacho, president of the Dominican Taekwondo Federation , claimed that the organization of the event is running well despite the lack of resources. “We are ready to start and hold a great event , a qualifier worthy of the Central American and Caribbean Games. As a country, we are going to look good and celebrate a successful championship, despite resource constraints due to lack of support from the private and guvernamental sector” he commented.
He also noted that among these 160 invitations, 16 are reserved for the Mexican team, as the host country of the Central American and Caribbean Games.
The event also includes an Open Championship, to be held between days 4 and 6 and which will count with the participation of athletes from several American countries who are seeking to gain the necessary points to compete at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
Camacho said Steven Lopez from the United States, three times Olympic champion and five-time World king, is perhaps the greatest attraction among the athletes who will compete in Santo Domingo. Like Lopez, the Mexican Maria Espinosa, Olympic champion and silver medalist , the Dominican Gabriel Mercedes, silver in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing (China), as well as some other current World and Olympic champions from Cuba and Spain.
“It will be a privilege for the Dominican country sports and competition to take over 20 athletes who are holding or held Olympic and World titles”, said the chief executive of FEDOTAE. The contest will be divided into 16 categories, eight male and eight female.
24 countries have already registered for the event, which is expected to reach a total participation of around 1,000 athletes.
The competition will start at 9:00 local time, while the opening ceremony will be at 17:00 pm, all at the Hall of Combat of Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.
Stay tuned to WTM to read the first results of the event!
Source : El Nacional (DOM)