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Tonga Team's road to Delhi2010 on target

01 July 2010

The Team Tonga's preparation to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October is still on target even though there are one or two sports that are yet to finalize and confirm the latest update report on their preparation.

Earlier last month, the Board approved the remaining officials for Team Tonga who are Sitaleki Sisifa, Team Physio; Hiko Fungavaka, Admin Personel and Lisiate ‘Ulufonua, Team Doctor.

ARCHERY

The Archery is trained locally and one of the sports that the Board will have to revise and look at its performance and status leading up to Delhi.

At this point, they are only entering one athlete but we shall see his progress and his preparation to date.

ATHLETICS

It is highly unlikely at this stage that ‘Ana Po'uhila will represent Tonga in Delhi due to personal reason. Another medal prospect for Tonga who has sadly decline his representation was Jordan Fa, of Vava'u but residing and studying in the US has also pulled out due to other college commitments and summer training.

That will leave Tonga Amateur Athletics (TAA) to consider local candidates that they may fit the pass mark of the event they are entering.

According to TAA Secretary, Paula Havea, they are currently training six athletes and will probably have to look at their results leading up to the finalization of their entry.

BOXING

The Tonga Amateur Boxing Association (TABA) is planning at most of sending 5 boxers to Delhi but yet to confirm. However, our good young prospect Heamasi Sekona Jnr has already trained with Lollo Heimuli and his stable in Auckland.

According to Lollo, Heamasi is a very good medal prospect and will do well in Delhi, despite his very young age.

There is also hope for ‘Asima Fifita, who base and train in the US to join the team in Auckland and travel to Delhi.

RUGBY 7's

The Tonga Rugby 7's side will mostly make up of local players but the Union is also considering overseas based players. This is very important as Tonga will take part in the IRB qualifying tournament in Darwin, Australia from 1st-3rd October before they join the rest of the team in Delhi.

The Tonga 7's was conducting their final trial and selection yesterday to determine the final squad and trim down to the required size for Delhi and Darwin.

SWIMMING

Perhaps the surprise of all the sports preparing to Delhi is swimming. Late last month, Tonga Swimming sent 2 athletes (Sione Fonua and Charissa Panuve) to the Oceania Swimming Championship in Apia which was also an event for qualifying to Delhi.

Tonga Swimming won 3 medals (1 gold and 2 bronze) for Sione, who is only 20years old and trained in the US. Charissa is only 15 years old and she has a good result considering her age and competitors she went against.

WEIGHTLIFTING

Tonga's two lifters are currently preparing at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia. According to the Oceania Secretary and Coach, Paul Coffa, he is very pleased with the progress of Michael Taufa, who also trained for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August.

Mr Coffa, added that never in the history of the Institute that someone who has improved so much like Michael. When he arrived at the Institute in early February, he was only doing 165kg (combining his Snatch and Clean & Jerk).

Last week, Michael lifted a combine total of 210kg (Snatch 90kg and Clean & Jerk 120kg). This is a tremendous result and unbelievable for a 16 year old and has only at the Institute for less than 6 months.

Two sports confirmed to Singapore2010

The IOC and Sinapore2010 Organizing Committee have confirmed two (2) sports for Tonga in the universality place for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games.

They are Weightlifting and Taekwondo.

The Tonga Weightlifting athlete is Michael Taufa who currently train and prepare at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia.

The athlete for Taekwondo is yet to finalize as there was a last minute change in the names of the athlete and still await confirmation from the IOC.

2010 Olympic Day - "Be the best you can be".

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the 205 members of the IOC celebrated the Olympic Day (23rd June) every year with various kinds of activities and programs.

Tonga has moved its celebration from the 23rd June (for logistics and technical reason) to be held on Saturday 3rd July.

The responsible officer for the day is Miss Netina Latu, who has organized a day for Run, Walk, Jog and Bicycle.

This year event is also coincided with an awareness campaign for a "Healthy Breakfast" and this is through a poster drawing competition for primary schools children.

Despite the NOC unable to hold this event last year, the organizer is expecting more than 1,000 participants from the general public and other youth and sporting group.

The major sponsor for this year's event is Pacific Timber & Hardware (PTH) and also with other local sponsors across the business community.

NOC farewell one of her staff

The Tonga NOC marked the achievement and retirement of one of her staff, Mr Paula Havea, who has completed 5 years of service with the NOC. Paula previously worked in the Ministry of Education for over 25 years. He moved and worked overseas for another 20-odd year before returning and resumed with the Ministry of Education once again until he voluntarily made redundant in 2006.

He joined the NOC in July 2006 as an Event Manager and also served as Secretary for the Tonga Amateur Athletics (TAA).

The event was also attended by the President of the NOC, Lord Tupou and his wife Saane and several members of the Board and the staff.

Paula was presented with a plaque and a shirt from the NOC and was also acknowledged with a medal from the Tonga Cricket Association for his service to the Federation as an SDO for the NOC.

ENDS

Issued by the: Secretary General of the NOC, Sports Association and Tonga's National Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Association. Mr. Takitoa Taumoepeau, Nuku'alofa. For more information please call (676) 27-1632 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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