Controversy Surrounding Dominica’s Participation in Sochi Winter Olympics
As the saying goes, so it begins, so it will end. The outcome was no different for what seemed to be, from the start, a very odd situation in the island of Dominica.
Skiers from a tropical island was far from what baffled the Dominican public, when they received wind of the news that Staten Island resident, Gary De Silvestri and his wife, Italian native, Angelica Morron, were to represent Dominica at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
International media raised the question of how two newly claimed Dominican nationals, who have no real ties to Dominica, expect that they allegedly received citizenship as part of the Government of Dominica’s appreciation for charitable work here on the island, came to represent a country with a population of just about 73,0000.
The couple is reported to be the owners of a multi-million dollar Montana mansion, who bought their way into the Winter Olympics under the Commonwealth of Dominica flag.
It is reported that a website exists where married couple willing to invest $175,000 into the Island and an additional $3,530 in tariffs and fees are able to obtain a Commonwealth of Dominica passport.
In attempting to contact Mr. Felix Wilson, President of the Dominica Olympics Committee (DOC), who was in Sochi during part of the Winter Olympics, for comment on the matter, he noted, the Americans have had egg thrown in their faces, after Russia staged an impeccable Winter Games, the Best in the history of Winter Games to date.
The US Media, he claims is now looking for a two week Soap Opera, adding that “bad publicity from their Sources has helped to locate Dominica on the Map and improved their Geography.”
He says the DOC will make a public statement after the Executive has met.
Mr. Wilson concluded by saying, “I can reassure you, DOC has done nothing wrong.”