SANTO DOMINGO. The female children’s team won the gold medal in the team competitions of the Children’s and Youth Table Tennis Championships held in the Parque del Este with the participation of athletes from nine countries.
The Dominican children’s representation won 3 sets to 1 against the Puerto Rican team in the definition for gold this Saturday in the three-match series that began on Friday with a 3-2 victory for the Dominicans.
The Dominican team, made up of Shary Muñoz, Arianna Estrella, Yesmeily Guerrero and Dafne Sosa, swept Puerto Ricans Kailyn Cruz Rosado, Emily Alvarado, Yahira Rivera and Valentina Dávila in consecutive games.
In other results, the U-15 men’s team advanced to the second after losing 3 sets to 1 to their similar team from Guyana, to add their first two points in Group 2, which also includes Jamaica.
In Group I of the category, Puerto Rico defeated Granada 3-0 and will face Trinidad and Tobago in the next challenge.
In the clashes of the men’s U-19 test, the Dominican representation beat the Haitian team 3-2, while Guyana succumbed 0-3 against Trinidad and Tobago.
In women’s, Puerto Rico beat Jamaica 3-0 in the first match of Group I of the category.
The team competitions end this Sunday, starting at 9:00 in the morning, with the final matches in the other boys’ U15 and in both branches of the U-19 with their respective awards.
The championship, organized by the Dominican Federation of Table Tennis (Fedoteme), together with the Caribbean Confederation of that sport, has the support of Claro, the Ministry of Sports, Creso, the Dominican Olympic Committee, OMSA and the Central Supermarket, and is qualifying for the Children’s Pan American Championship that will take place in Ecuador, as well as for the Juvenile to be held in Argentina.
The president of the Dominican Table Tennis Federation (Fedoteme), Dr. Daniel Landrón, stressed the importance of bringing together the athletes who will take the lead in the future.
“We are in the presence of children and youth players with a high level and projection,” said Dr. Landrón.
Meanwhile, the president of the Caribbean Table Tennis Confederation, Teddy Mathews, considered that this discipline is growing in the area as a result of the work carried out by the leaders of the different countries.
Franklin De la Mota, Administrative Deputy Minister of Sports, also spoke at the event, and said that it is conducive to guarantee systematic development so that this discipline continues to achieve the stated objectives.
Also present at the meeting were Juan Vila Reynoso, president of the Caribbean Table Tennis Confederation, and Kennedy Vargas, Vice Minister of Sports, as well as Gary Hernández, Geovanny Cruceta, Enrique Rosario, Edward Rincón and Andrés Lora, members of the executive committee of la Fedoteme, veteran table tennis player Colin McNeish, from Jamaica, and Leah Fraser, from Trinidad and Tobago, among others.
Countries taking part in the international tournament include Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Curaçao, Guyana, Haiti, Grenada, the Dominican Republic, as well as Trinidad and Tobago.
Teddy Mathews, president of the Caribbean Table Tennis Confederation, and Colin McNeish, from Jamaica, at the kick-off. They include Daniel Landrón, Juan Vila, the vice ministers Franklin De la Mota and Kennedy Vargas, as well as directors of Fedoteme.