President of the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee labels players as “national heroines” Mr. Luis Mejia Oviedo, President of Dominican Olympic Committee, alongside (from left to right) Milagros Cabral, Annerys Vargas, Lisvel Eve and Prisilla Riveral during the welcome reception at Santo Domingo Airport on SundaySanto Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 28, 2010 – The President of the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee Mr. Luis Mejia Oviedo led a group of local sports authorities in a welcome reception at Santo Domingo Airport in the honour of the women’s national team that picked up the gold medal at the Pan American Cup held in Rosarito and Tijuana, Mexico last week. “We in the Dominican Olympic Committee are very proud of this epic feat achieved by our national women’s team in the Pan American Cup,” Mejia Oviedo said. “They must be considered as national heroines because they really did a heroic job winning the gold medal again.” “I want to congratulate the players, the coaches and all the members of our National Volleyball Confederation for this historic accomplishment and all the other triumphs attained by our girls,” Oviedo added. The title is the second in three years for the Dominican side which will be defending the Central American and Caribbean Games crown next month in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. They have won the gold medal in the last two editions of the Games in El Salvador 2002 and Colombia 2006. “In recognition to all the achievements reached by our women’s Volleyball players at different international competitions the Dominican Olympic Committee has decided to select Brenda Castillo as the national flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the Mayaguez Games,” Oviedo announced. Earlier this year Castillo was elected by the Dominican Olympic Committee as “Athlete of the Year” and she also won the same recognition from the Dominican Republic Sports Writers Association. After losing to Cuba in five sets during their debut at the Pan Am Cup, the Dominicans steadily improved and won consecutive matches against Brazil, Argentina and Canada. Then they downed Puerto Rico and USA in quarterfinal and semifinal rounds before defeating Peru in straight sets in the gold medal’s clash. Castillo was selected as best receiver, best digger and best libero of the annual tournament while teammates Lisvel Eve Mejia and Prisilla Rivera won best blocker and most valuable player respectively. Castillo didn’t make the trip to Santo Domingo as she stayed back in Mexico where she will participate in the NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championship to be held in Tijuana through July 5-10. By winning the Pan American Cup’s gold medal, the Dominicans qualify to next year’s FIVB World Grand Prix and to the Final Four Tournament next September in Chiapas, Mexico where they will be playing against Peru, Argentina and hosts Mexico. ----- mensaje añadido, 30-jun-2010 a las 20:09 ----- Muchos critican siempre a Rep. Dominicana, pero en lugar de ver su lado oscuro debemos valorar e imitar las cosas buenas, a sus jugadoras siempre las tratan como reinas y las autoridades de su país le dan su lugar. A las nuestras acaso alguna autoridad la recibió? apenas un muñeco mal hecho del mercado central y una portátil del canal... más los familiares y curiosos que estaban en el aeropueerto... ningún recibimienot oficial siquiera un día despupes NADA.