Dominicans Come To Rio Eying Guadalajara
By Dialogo July 21, 2011
For the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Dominican Republic’s military brought four boxers who are qualified for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, this October.
The goal is to get at least one medal for the country. After the eliminations of Soldiers Juan Herrad in the 49kg weight class, Dagoberto Arias, in the 52kg weight class, and Ricardo Tejeda, in the 64kg weight class, the hopes are on Felix Manuel Valera, who’s fighting 81kg weight class.
On Wednesday (July 20), Valera defeated Brazilian Soldier Elber Passos 15 to 11. “It was a great fight. I am very happy with the result. I managed to get some good blows in and the judges saw that,” Valera said.
The coach of the boxing team for the Dominican Republic, Jesús Díaz, also celebrated the victory. “We’re also training for the Pan American Games so a win like this is important. It encourages us to keep going,” he said.
Ten athletes of the Dominican Olympic team are also qualified for the Games in Guadalajara in October this year. Four are military and are competing in Rio de Janeiro. The other six are in Venezuela competing in a tournament in that country