Marte Hoffiz optimistic about the battle against COVID-19

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 29, 2020 – The president of NORCECA made a dramatic call for optimism and confidence amid the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease that strikes the world with its aftermath of grief and deaths.

Cristobal Marte Hoffiz expressed his feelings during a virtual meeting held on Wednesday afternoon with the representatives of the national federations grouped in the CAZOVA area led by their president Mushtaque Mohammed, from Trinidad and Tobago.

"We are going through a very painful period for humanity, but this is not the end of the world as we will continue to fight this pandemic and shall emerge from this battle stronger than ever," Marte Hoffiz expressed to open and close the 90 minute-meeting.

“The world has gone through very difficult times before and the human race has been able to overcome them and I am sure we are going to win the battle against the virus sooner than later,” he added.

The president of NORCECA remarked that several events of beach volleyball and volleyball have been already postponed or cancelled but he is confident the action on the sand and in the halls will be back before the year is over.

“At this time we only think about protecting our athletes, referees, members of the control committees and fans who cannot be put at risk. I am confident that the days will soon return to enjoy feats and achievements,” he said.

Marte Hoffiz explained how the circumstances has forced NORCECA to reduce its personnel for the time being but made it clear the institution will continue working with limited human resources to offer information and services.

He said that the Elective NORCECA Congress scheduled to take place next June will necessarily have to be postponed and held virtually due to travel restrictions. For this, amendments to the constitution will have to be made and he is currently awaiting the recommendations of the legal commission.