Manueli Tulo and Apolonia Vaivai will double up and compete at IWF World Weightlifting Championships (WC’s) in Anaheim USA, later this month and then immediately return to compete at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.
Tulo and Apolonia had continued with their intensive training after coming back from the Asian Martial Arts and Indoor Games in Turkmenistan in September.
National Coach Josefa Vueti said, “the elite members of the squad did not take any time off from training as they’re focussed on the Commonwealth Games 2018. These are the last major competitions in the weightlifting arena before the Commonwealth Games 2018 and we wish to use this to prepare ourselves for that in April next year”
“The World Championships this year will be a very different competition from prior years. Nine countries including China and Russia have been currently banned for a year by IWF because of doping. This means that athletes not from those nine banned countries have an excellent opportunity to win at this year’s WC, as for once, the “playing field” will be level”, he said
Manueli Tulo will compete in the 56Kg at the World Championships on the 29th November and returns to Fiji immediately after his competition and joins the Team Fiji Charter to Port Vila, Vanuatu where he will compete at the Pacific Mini Games on the 5th December.
Apolonia Vaivai will compete in the 69Kg weight category in the WC on the 2nd December. She will return just in time to compete at the Pacific Mini Games on the 6th December.
Originally, Weightlifting Fiji had obtained dispensation from FASANOC, to let our elite lifters focus on the World Championships only.
Unfortunately, Eileen Cikamatana who would have been in contention for a medal at the World Championships will not be travelling to USA, but will compete only at the Pacific Mini Games.
Paul Coffa, who is currently coaching Eileen at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute, where she is currently based wants her to focus only on her preparation for the Commonwealth Games, Eileen currently has a 25Kg head start on the next best lifter on the Commonwealth Games entry list. So, she will regrettably miss the WC this year and a great opportunity to win a World Championship medal.
Weightlifting Fiji is thankful to the Fiji Government, Fiji National Sports Commission, FASANOC, sponsors, media and the general public for their support.
Last Modified on 30/01/2018 11:42