Marte Hoffiz recipient of Rising Sun Order
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, December 7, 2020 - Cristóbal
Marte Hoffiz, First Executive Vice President of FIVB and
President of NORCECA Confederation, was honored by His Majesty
Naruhito, Emperor of Japan, with the Order of the Rising Sun in
the class of Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
The decoration imposed on his residence by the Japanese
ambassador to the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Hiroyuki
Makiuchi, was awarded in recognition of Mr. Marte Hoffiz's
contributions to the close relations between Japan and the
Dominican Republic, as well as the other countries in the
In his order speech, Ambassador Makiuchi recounted the
participation of the National Women's Volleyball Team in many
world events held in Japan, its training bases in various
Japanese cities, and the use of Japanese manufactured products
as official trademarks in NORCECA competitions.
Ambassador Makiuchi also referred to the Queens of the
Caribbean, as the Dominican Team is known, considering them as a
pride of international volleyball and the Dominican people while
highlighting their positioning for many years as one of the ten
best teams in the world.
The diplomat described Marte Hoffiz as a great friend of Japan
and recalled the sports exchanges promoted by him in his long
career as a sports leader and public official.
Marte Hoffiz, who presides over the Women’s Program of the
Dominican Federation, thanked Emperor Naruhito for his gesture
by awarding him a decoration that he declared that he accepts on
behalf of the Dominican people and that he will keep in a
special place because of what it means to him and his family.
At the request of Ambassador Makiuchi, Luis Mejía Oviedo and Dr.
José Joaquín Puello, President and Ad Vitam President,
respectively, of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Franklin de la
Mota, Vice Minister of Sports and Alberto Rodríguez, Vice
Minister of the Presidency also spoke and referred to the
attributes of the honoree and the fruitful Dominican-Japanese
Also attending as guests were Mr. Abraham Marte Messina and his
wife Renata de Marte, Mme Trini Messina Lluberes, Ramón García,
president of the Dominican Volleyball Federation, Arateide
Cáceres and Roosevelt Comarazamy, general director and director
of communications, respectively, of the NORCECA Confederation,
and Milagros Cabral, SENAFE executive.
Those attending the intimate ceremony were received by
Ambassador Makiuchi and Mrs. Makiuchi, as well as Mr. Takayuki
Kondo, representative of the Japan Cooperation Agency in the