Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, September 23, 2020 – The Dominican Republic women’s team, one of the 12 squads qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, have resumed training at the Volleyball Pavilion of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Park following a strict protocol to protect the health of the athletes and coaches.
Besides weight training at the gym, the players have started with light drills designed by Brazilian coach Marcos Kwiek and his staff of assistants.
“After several months of forced stoppage due to the pandemic Covid-19 we have been able to resume training,” said Kwiek. “We have started slowly as the players get into rhythm and shape after many months without touching a volleyball.”
“We will get where we want to be step by step to be a competitive team once the international season gets started,” Kwiek added.
“At this moment we have started our training with some drills of serving, receiving, attacking and blocking, placing two and three players on each side of the net on two different courts of the volleyball complex,” Kwiek said. “Then gradually we will improve our intensity and the number of players on each side.”
The Dominican Republic Volleyball Federation authorized the restart of training under the conditions established by the National Health Ministry and the Dominican Olympic Committee.
The Dominican women’s team, known as “The Queens of the Caribbean”, are currently ranked 9th in the world by the FIVB.
Prisilla Rivera celebrates a point as the Dominican Republic play to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In January 2020, they qualified for the Olympic Games after winning a four-team tournament against sides from Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.
In 2019, they won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima and at the NORCECA Continental Championship in Puerto Rico, plus a silver medal at the Pan American Cup.