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Tulo is top bet for annual sports awards

Pravin Narain
Thursday, March 01, 2018

WEIGHT-LIFTER Manueli Tulo is the top contender to win the 2017 Fiji Sportsman of the Year award at the Fiji Sports Awards ceremony in Suva on Saturday.

Tulo,27, is from Baba settlement in Levuka, Ovalau.

He joined the sport 10 years ago and has represented Fiji in numerous internationals including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

The soft-spoken 2017 Pacific Mini Games triple gold medalist said he was honoured to be nominated for the Fiji Sportsman of the Year award.

"I have been nominated three times now with the first one in 2008 where I won the Fiji Sports Council Best Sportsman of the Year award and FASANOC Best Sportsman of the Year award. In 2009, I won those two awards again," Tulo said.

"I thank the Weightlifting Fiji for nominating me and recognising the success I achieved for Fiji in 2017. My family has been very supportive towards my weight-lifting career.

"I have been to the World Championship where I finished in the top eight in the world and also won three gold medals in the Pacific Mini Games.

"Everyone has worked hard in their respective sports and done Fiji proud, so I believe they need to be recognised for their hard work."

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