Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep., May 9, 2011 – Mr. Nestor Puente, LIC., President of the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF) and a member of the Environment of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), which is chaired by the esteemed Ms. Felicita Heredia, LIC, was selected as a representative of the Dominican Republic to participate in the Ninth World Conference on Sport and Environment, in Doha, Qatar, from April 30 to May 1, 2011.
The International Olympic Committee, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Qatar Olympic Committee, explored the theme “Playing for a Greener Future”, and assesed the environmental success of the Olympic Movement. The event brings together world proponents of sports and environmental protection and leading politicians. Among other issues, the conference explored how sporting role models can contribute to improving environmental issues at a national level and seek inspiring solutions for global environmental issues.
Qatar, an emirate of the Middle East, is located on the peninsula in the Persian Gulf, bordered by Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf (Persian Gulf). Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Thani is the current Emir of Qatar and is a tireless promoter of unity throughout the world, sports and environmental protection. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is the main port and commercial hub, with a population of 180,000, and the world’s highest GPD per capita.
Mr. Nestor Puente is a founding member (2001) and president of the Association of Surfing in Santo Domingo (ASSD), and founding member (2002) and president of the Dominican Surfing Federation (FEDOSURF). FEDOSURF is the National Governing Body of surfing in the Dominican Republic and one of the National Olympic Federations expressly interested in environmental issues that impact the waterways and population. Mr. Puente brings to the World conference proposals for environmental and community initiatives in the Dominican Republic. FEDOSURF is a non-profit entity and is recognized by the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), the Ministry of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (MIDEREC), the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the Pan American Surfing Association (PASA).
Mr. Nestor Puente, since his teens has been a leader in community-service based organizations and is a lover of the sea and nature, and sports such as swimming and diving. He conveyed his love for sport, environment and community service to his children, which began the practice of sports from childhood . His youngest daughter, Arielle Puente (champion intercollegiate athletics) at the young age of twelve, was selected along with Carlos Martinez (outstanding basketball player) to participate in the Olympic Torch ceremony of the Olympic Games “Atlanta 96″, being the first Dominicans and unique so far to have received this honor. His youngest son, Nestor Jesmarín Puente, a high-performance athlete in the sport of surfing, is also actively involved in organizational and community leadership with FEDOSURF.
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