Tonga awarded 4 places for Youth Olympic Games 2014
According to Secretary General, Takitoa Taumoepeau, “this has been a notable increase from its 2 places for the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which was held in Singapore in 2010.
The four (4) places goes to two males and two females. The beneficial National Federations (NF’s) are BOXING, middle weight up to 75kg (boy) and WEIGHTLIFTING for 62kg (boy). The two females have one each for ARCHERY and SWIMMING”. In 2010, we had only 2 athletes with one female in Taekwondo and one male lifter in Weightlifting.
Takitoa also commented that there is still place for qualifying for other sports but they have to follow their programs and attend to their regional and international qualifying events. The age group for YOG is under 18 years old before December 2014.
He added, that Tonga Archery is working very hard to qualify its young and upcoming Archer, Hans Arne Jensen who has been on the fringe for some time and there is optimism in Tonga Archery that Hans Jnr will make it to Nanjing.
The Tonga NOC (TASA) is working closely with the beneficial NF’s to identify their respective athletes so that a support program is requested for his/her preparation towards the Games under the Olympic Solidarity.
“We are having the Pacific Games 2019 in mind and if these kids do well, they are going to be competitive and hopefully win medals for Tonga at that Game”.