Dominican Olympic Committee elects new members

The president of the Dominican Olympic Committee Garibaldy Bautista swore in four new members of the board of the entity — Rubén Tejada (Tennis Federation), Miguel Camacho (Taekwondo Federation), Miguel Rivera (Handball Federation) and Gary Hernández (Table Tennis). An Ordinary Assembly of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD) was held to replace four resigning members and swear in the new members.

Garibaldy announced the statutes of the Dominican Olympic Committee would be up for amendments after the Paris Olympic Games this summer.

Likewise, Eugenio Pérez was approved to be the auditor to review the 2023 financial report and assume the position for the period of 2024.

As reported in Hoy, the president of the Equestrian Federation, José Manuel Ramos; the president of the Athletics Federation, Gerardo Suero and Radhames Tavárez, of the Swimming Federation, disputed the assembly saying that the electing of the new members violated the statutes of the Dominican Olympic Committee. They have threatened to take the case to the International Olympic Committee.

Meanwhile, Cristóbal Marte, who presides the very successful organization behind women’s volleyball in the Dominican Republic, said he would resign from the Volleyball Federation if the internal conflicts in the Dominican Olympic Committee oblige the Reinas del Caribe (the DR’s senior women’s team) to not compete for the Dominican Republic in the Paris Olympics. Marte has criticized sport federation heads for putting their particular interests before the collective interests of sport in the country.

“This would be the last thing I would endure in sport. If that happens, I will resign from Fedovoli,” he told the national press. He stated that he does not like the way things are being handled in the Dominican Olympic Committee. “I’m leaving the sport, if that happens,” warned Marte Hoffiz.

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27 March 2024