From the main headquarters of the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic (Minerd), the torch relay for the X National School Sports Games Barahona 2023, to be held from November 7 to 17 in Barahona and its sub-sites in San Juan de la Maguana, Azua and Bahoruco, began this Tuesday.
The solemn ceremony, coordinated by the National Institute of Physical Education (Inefi) and sponsored by the Minerd, was headed by the Minister of Education, Ángel Hernández, and the executive director of Inefi, Alberto Rodríguez Mella.
In the esplanade of the Minerd, both officials passed the flaming flame to high performance athletes and medalists Juana Arrendel and Anabel Medina.
Arrendel and Medina began the tour of Metropolitan Zone One and moved along Máximo Gómez Avenue to conclude at the Liceo Experimental Hugo Tolentino Dipp, in this capital city.
Rodríguez Mella highlighted the support provided by President Luis Abinader Corona and the Minister of Education, Ángel Hernández, so that “this school sports festival could take place”.
He emphasized that the Southern region is not forgotten and that by order of President Abinader Corona multiple sports facilities have been repaired for the celebration of the Games.
He recalled that the Olympic flame “is a symbol of the Olympic Games and represents the myth of the Greek titan Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods in the stalk of a bean to give it to humanity”.
He explained that the Olympic torch relay is a modern interpretation inspired by the practices of ancient Greece. This is how the Olympic Games begin and transmit a message of peace and friendship along the way.
He said that the objective of the activity is to promote sports from the educational centers during the school age and to motivate healthy competition at the national level.
Line of Honor
Along with Rodriguez Mella and Angel Hernandez were in the line of honor, the deputy director of INEFI, Franklin Duval; the immortal of the sport, Juana Arrendel, and the regional director Rafael Amador Figari.
This Wednesday, starting at 9:30 a.m., the sports award will be taken from the Guardia or Fifth Company, in the Metropolitan Zone Two (Monte Plata), passing through Fernando Arturo de Meriño Street and turning onto José Francisco Peña Gómez Street, to reach the Madre María Nicol Center and end at the Julio Abreu Puello Center.