With 11 students / athletes at Gwangju Universiade in 2015, the Dominican Republic won two gold medals in their first participation in this competition. In Taipei 2017, the delegation of this country will increase to 46 people, and of course the hope is to get better results and more medals.
The National Commission for University Sport, chaired by Marcos Díaz, carried out a selection process through qualifiers that englobed at all the universities. The best university athletes were chosen, and many of them have been representing the country in multiple international competitions.
Dominican Republic will take two Olympic medalists: Luis Pie (taekwondo), bronze at Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and Luguelín Santos (Athletics), silver at London 2012 Olympics. The country will also compete in athletics, judo, taekwondo, golf, gymnastics, weightlifting, among other individual sports.
“It’s really a great challenge, but we are going with a quality delegation, which includes our best athletes,” expressed Marcos Díaz, who also said: “Since the governing body of university sports, we work hard with a focus on integral education. We aspire to reach an athlete that when he finishes his career can be integrated to the labor market, without State’s aid”.