History

History

The Tonga National Olympic Committee was first created in 1961 as the Tonga Amateur Sports Association (TASA) to prepare a National Team for the first South Pacific Games in 1963 in Fiji.  TASA later became the Tonga Commonwealth Games in sending athletes to compete in the Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The IOC allowed special dispensation for Tonga to participate in the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 although TASA was officially not a member of the Internation Olympic Committee (IOC).  It wasonly in 1986 when the IOC President visited Tonga, that he officially authorised Tonga as a full member of the IOC.  TASA became an NOC in the same year.

Tonga first participated in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games in Boxing only.  Then in 1988 in Seoul athletes competed in Athletics and Boxing.  Then in 1992 in the Barcelona Olympic Games, Tonga sent athletes in Boxing, Weightlifting, and Athletics.  The following Olympic games in Atlanta (1996) proved to be a memorable year, as Tonga's Super Heavy Weight Boxer Paea Wolfgramme won the country's first Olympic medal - a silver medal.



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