Players presented Mr. Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic, with an autographed banner during his visit to the players's hotel in Rome
Rome, Italy, September 28, 2014 – Sunday was a very special day for the Dominican Republic team taking part in the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship.
Not only they scored their third five-set victory of the first round by outdueling hosts Italy to finish with an undefeated win-loss record in five outings but also received the visit of an illustrious compatriot.
Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic, paid a visit to the players at their hotel in Rome following their fifth victory in the competition.
Medina is in Italy to attend the opening session of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) meetings at the Italian capital.
“You are doing what was never done before,” Medina said echoing the motto of his presidential campaign two years ago. “You have been able to defeat stronger opponents.”
The players were caught by surprise with the visit of President Medina who encouraged the athletes to continue battling focused and giving their best to win the women’s volleyball world championship.
President Medina also took opportunity to congratulate Cristobal Marte Hoffiz, president of the women’s national teams program with a warm hug for his dedication and laudable work.
The Dominicans kicked off the first round with a 3-2 victory over Germany followed by a 3-0 win over Tunisia. They continued prevailing 3-2 against Croatia before subduing Argentina 3-1. On Sunday won 3-2 over Italy.
Medina posed for a selfie with the players and part of the technical staff and the athletes presented him an autographed banner of the team.
The Dominican Republic’s President had the chance to chat with the players for several minutes finally telling them that their compatriots are very proud for all the goals and awards they have accomplished during the past decade.