Manueli TULO poised for GOLD on World Circuit, 22nd March 2011
Tulo, who won a silver medal at the IWF Continental Club Grand Prix in Penang, Malaysia in December 2010, is poised to be awarded GOLD Medal for the same event.
According to Hindustan Times of India (March 9th 2011), the Gold Medallist from the competition, Sukhen Dey of India, has already been caught with a positive result from the Drug Test at the event. This means that he automatically loses his Gold Medal, once the IWF goes through the appropriate announcement process. (see story on page 2)
Sukhen Dey was the silver medallist from the Delhi Commonwealth Games, where Tulo was also expected to medal, but was unfortunate to be a victim of sports politics, when Fiji was barred from taking part at the Games.
Tulo had already beaten another Indian weightlifter Valluri Srinavasa Rao, the bronze medallist from Delhi Commonwealth Games, in the IWF Continental Grand Prix.
Weightlifting Fiji, is expected to be advised of the new results by IWF, in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Tulo, who recently won his event in the USA versus Pacific Islands Challenge at the 9th Annual Arnold Weightlifting Championships, continues to train under the watchful eyes of High Performance Coach Paul Coffa.
Coffa is now preparing Tulo, for the Oceania Championships, which will take place during the ARAFURA Games, in Darwin, between 10th to 13th May.
Fiji is expected to be represented at the Oceania Championships by six lifters.
Fiji hosted the last Oceania Championships in May 2010, in what was the biggest and best Oceania Weightlifting Championships.