Prisilla Rivera extends career
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 4, 2020 - Prisilla
Rivera has changed her plans to retire from volleyball. The
35-year-old now aims to stay on for an additional year to help
the Dominican Republic women's national team to success when
they participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.
The team's captain applauded the decision to postpone the Games
to protect the health and well-being of the people involved
while begging her Dominican compatriots to stay at home to avoid
the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
“My plans were to retire after the Olympic Games, which implied
retiring in 2020, but this (the coronavirus) has altered the
life of everybody, not only me, because many athletes like me
also had plans to call an end to their careers this year, after
the Olympics,” Rivera said in a telephone interview with Nuevo
Diario, a daily newspaper in Santo Domingo.
“Nowadays you have to wait and see what’s going to happen, as
each day brings its tasks and in one single day anyone’s life
can change. For me it changed in one night, imagine one year,”
said Rivera, whose only daughter Megan died in February, forcing
Rivera to leave her team in Hungary.
Rivera, who was a member of the Dominican teams that played at
the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games, is taking one day at a time,
“My life has changed so much on a personal level that today I
only focus on living day to day. You don’t know what the next
day will bring but I am optimistic and understand that in
general we will be able to overcome this situation and
personally I am going through a painful process of acceptance
and adaptation," added Rivera.
Going back to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games, now
scheduled from July 23 to August 8, 2021, the outside hitter
considered that “it seems the best thing to do in the light of
the prevailing world situation with COVID-19."
Questioned about whether the change of date works in favour of
the Dominican team's chances, Prisilla said: "If it favours us
or not, that’s something that we really can’t say, because all
the teams will be on equal terms. I understand that once
everything is normalised, we will have to go back to work hard
to make up for lost time and continue to focus on going to the
Olympic Games to give all we have.”