Centro Caribe Sports Inspecting Mayaguez

(ATR) Dominican Republic begins vaccination of Olympic athletes.

(ATR) The leaders of Centro Caribe Sports (formerly CACSO) began a two-day inspection visit to Mayagüez on Wednesday.

The Puerto Rican city is a candidate to host the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2022.

"This is our first trip abroad after 13 months due to COVID," CCS president Luis Mejía Oviedo, from the Dominican Republic, told Around the Rings.

Mejía Oviedo is accompanied by the first vice president of CCS, the Mexican Jimena Saldaña and the Costa Rican Henry Núñez, temporary president and member of the Future Venues Commission.

The most important moment of the visit will be in the afternoon of this first day when the delegation is received by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi.

Other participants in the meeting will be the president of the Puerto Rican Olympic Committee (COPUR), Sara Rosario, and the president of the Mayagüez 2010 Foundation, Felipe Pérez.

The busy schedule includes a meeting with the mayor of Mayagüez, José Guillermo Rodríguez, who already has the experience of his city organizing the regional Games in 2010.

Visits to the main sports facilities are also planned, such as the Central American athletics stadium, the baseball stadium, the aquatic complex, the tennis courts and a sports center, located within the University Campus, in Mayaguez, about 160 km (100 miles) from San Juan. .

A stop is also scheduled at the Albergue Olímpico in Salinas, about 110 km (68 miles) from Mayaguez, which is in competition with San Salvador, El Salvador. Both cities took a step forward to save the continuity of the Games after the sudden resignation of Panama City last summer.

According to the authorities of Centro Caribe Sports, they are still waiting for a notification from the Salvadorans to make the trip to the Central American nation.

Dominican Athletes Vaccinated

Before his trip to Puerto Rico, Mejía Oviedo was present in Santo Domingo for the COVID-19 vaccination of Dominican athletes qualified for the Olympic Games and those who are in the process of punching their ticket.

According to the sports minister of that country, Francisco Camacho, the Dominican Republic could be the first country in America that has initiated a massive immunization of its athletes.

Experienced volleyball player Priscilla Rivera, and Cristóbal Marte, director of national women's volleyball teams, were the first to receive the vaccine.

Last week IOC President Thomas Bach reported that a significant number of Olympic teams had already been vaccinated and others had received commitments from their governments, in accordance with their respective national vaccination strategies.

The IOC has clarified that, while it supports the vaccination of athletes and NOCs, it will not be mandatory for them to be vaccinated in order to participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The IOC has also stressed that any vaccination program must be carried out in full compliance with national vaccination priorities.

Written and reported by Miguel Hernandez

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