Tonga NOC/CGA prepares for Glasgow 2014 and YOG
As had announced last year, the Tonga YOG team will be headed by Chef de Mission Hans Jensen with four athletes (2 females and 2 males) in Archery, Boxing, Swimming and Weightlifting. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had given Universality Places for the four said sports above and at the same time, several sports is also trying to quality to the Games.
IOC had allocated Universality places for Karolaine Tatafu (Archery); Siaosi Fenukitau (Boxing) and Chirk Manzo (Weightlifting) and Tonga Swimming is yet to confirm its candidate for its place.
Mr Hensen will be heading to Nanjing later in the month to attend the Chef de Mission Seminar which is standard procedure a year out of the opening ceremony of the Games.
On the other hand, ‘Amanaki Fakakovikaetau had returned from Glasgow after attending the Chef de Mission Seminar for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Tonga is looking to take part in 5 sports, namely, Acquatic (Diving and Swimming); Athletics; Boxing; Judo and Weightlifting.
The Tonga CGA had also confirmed the appointment of Miss Vaisioa Tahi as its Administrative Personnel to the Games. Miss Tahi will also carry out the accreditation of potential members to the Games as well as attending to admin matters relating to the participation of the team.
At this point of time, Team Tonga is looking at a size of 10-12 athletes with relevant number of officials based on the team size calculation. According to Takitoa Taumoepeau, Secretary General he commented that this will be the first time that Tonga is without Rugby 7’s because of missing out during qualification last October in Fiji. He added that there was misunderstanding in the Tonga Rugby Union in deciding to attend the Pacific Mini Games (PMG) (which was originally used as a qualification tournament for Glasgow) but perhaps later changed for some reason. However, Tonga had already committed to attend the PMG in Wallis and could not afford to attend the qualification in Fiji. The TRU and Tonga CGA lodged a letter of appeal with the Organizing Committee of the Games but was not successful.