The president of the winter ball league of the Dominican Republic pointed out that the control of COVID-19 in the country allows to aspire to an attendance superior to that of any event held during the last two years
The Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) and the Caribbean Confederation of Professional Baseball (CBPC) made the official launch of the Caribbean Series Santo Domingo 2022 during an event held in the Eugenio María de Hostos Park, located on the Malecón of the capital city.
The event highlighted, more than anything else, two fundamental aspects. The first, return the Caribbean Series to its position as a true “sports party”Caribbean and the second, the importance for the Dominican capital and its people, to host the most important baseball tournament in Latin America. As a party at last, the fans are one of the most important parts of the tournament and the event has been put together with them in mind.
In an exclusive interview for ESPN Digital after launch, the licensee Vitelio Mejía, President of LIDOM, spoke about expectations with the return of the international tournament to Dominican Republic, but especially about the fact that fans are going back to the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium, both for the Dominican tournament and for the Caribbean Series.
“We want to have a more competitive, more lively tournament and close with a flourish after these two years with a Caribbean Series as it has not been done for a long time, not only in the Dominican Republic, but in other Caribbean locations and to be able to raise from the country, an event like this, which has been a bit in need of a boost, to resume, as the Commissioner (Juan Puello Herrera) said, its identity as a Caribbean party, competitive because baseball is played, but a Caribbean party ”, he began saying the president of LIDOM.
Regarding the health protocols and the capacity of the stadiums, Mejía indicated that for the moment the situation of COVID-19 is controlled in the country, but for the Caribbean Series, everything will depend on the reality that is lived in the month from January.
“The subject of the (health) protocol will vary depending on the circumstances of the moment. Today’s protocol is a photograph of today, with the rates we have today, our projection (for the local tournament) is 70, 80 percent of fans in the stadiums. That could go up if conditions are maintained or it could go down a bit, if the opposite happens, but we understand that this will be the same case for the Caribbean Series, “he said. Mejia.
The Caribbean Series Santo Domingo 2022 It is scheduled to begin on January 28, 2022 with the confrontations between Puerto Rico and Panama (10:00 AM), Colombia against Venezuela (3:00 PM) and the host, Dominican Republic against Mexico (8:00 PM).
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