8 August 2003
Journalists also stranded
It now emerges that, as well as the athletes, journalists covering the
Pan American Games and returning to their countries of origin via the
US will have to seek transit visas. The United States consular
department is informing all visitors to the DR who do not hold US
entry visas, and whose return flights makes stopovers in the US, to
obtain the visa by attending an interview at the main Banco Popular
building in Santo Domingo. The cost of the appointment is US$100 and
applicants should present their credentials, as well as their
passports, airline tickets and a 2x2 passport photo.
Boxing starts at 8:00 this evening, to be dominated by a Cuban
powerhouse of pugilists such as Pan Am 1999 gold medallist Mario
Kindelán, as well as Lorenzo Aragón and Odlanier Solis. Their main
challenger is the team from the United States.
Dominicans are hoping to see a repeat of Super Sánchez’ feat, as
high-jumper Juana Arrendel readies to compete later today. Arrendel
hopes to erase the bitter memories of the previous Pan Am Games in
Winnipeg, 1999, where she achieved the highest ranking but had her
medal withdrawn after failing a doping test. The event is due to start
High hopes for DR karate, wrestlers
The Dominican karate team, composed of 6 men and 3 women, is tipped for
glory in these Pan Am Games, according to Diario Libre. There are also
high hopes for the DR’s wrestlers, who have already notched some
successes in their bid for victory. The only Dominican wrestler yet to
compete, Gamalier Coats, hopes to take the bronze today in his match
against his Puerto Rican rival.
1,500m victory for Cuba
It was gold for Cuba’s Adriana Mu?oz in the 1,500-meter race,
yesterday, for her clocked time of 4.09.57 minutes. The silver medal
went to Jayne Harrelson (US) and the bronze to Jamaican Madrea Hyman.
The US beat Uruguay with a score of 24-21 in the first round of the
women’s handball tournament. They go on to face Argentina in the
Bronze for DR shot-putter
Dominican shot-putter Fior Vásquez won the bronze yesterday, bringing
the Dominican medals tally to four: one gold, two silvers and one
bronze. Vásquez’ achievement also qualified her to participate in next
year’s Olympic Games in Athens. Yesterday’s contests saw Dominican
victories in the preliminary rounds of tennis, softball, volleyball and
handball. Runner Yoelin Santa qualified for the 400-meter finals.
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