Vice President Raquel Peña led the closing ceremony of the Sixth Caribbean Karate Championship that ended with resounding success, in which the Dominican Republic won 54 medals: 28 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze to win first place in the competition in which 170 athletes from 15 countries competed.
In second place finished the Puerto Rican team with six gold, five silver and six bronze medals for a total of 17;
Trinidad and Tobago finished with one gold, three silver and four bronze for a total of eight; Aruba with one gold, two silver and three silver and, in fourth place, Jamaica with one gold, two silver and one bronze for a total of four.
Delivering the central words of the event, Vice President Raquel Peña congratulated the more than 170 karate athletes, in various branches and ages, who participated in the championship, in addition to highlighting the great success of the event which has allowed the meeting of the Caribbean karate family after the pandemic and the last event held in 2019.
Peña thanked the dedication of this championship and also reiterated the Government’s support for the development of national sport in all its disciplines in addition to reminding young people that sport and education must go hand in hand.
“Sport is a wonderful way to relate and to know ourselves; it teaches us that goals and dreams are always achieved with hard work, dedication and commitment, but above all with passion for our discipline,” said Peña.
The Dominican Karate Federation, presided by José Luis Ramírez, highlighted the reasons that were exposed to the organizing committee of the Championship to grant the dedication of the event to the vice-president based on her recognized academic career and her support to the sport.
Present at the activity were the former president of the COD, Dr. José Joaquín Puello; the president of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority, Alejandro Campos; the treasurer of the World Karate Championships, Tony Méndez; the vice minister of Sports, Franklin de la Mot;, the director of INEFI, Alberto Rodríguez and Benny Metz, vice minister of the Presidency, among others.