12-member Tonga team for Youth Olympic Games

Tonga swimmer Finau 'Ohuafi at a swim training camp in Japan. Finau will be representing the island kingdom in swimming, at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 6 - 18 October 2018. Picture: MATANGI TONGA

NUKU’ALOFA, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (TONGA WIRTES)—Twelve Tongan athletes will be competing in athletics, futsal (a variant of association football played on a hard court), and swimming, at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 6 – 18 October 2018.

The Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) has confirmed the names of the team.

Sione Tu’ihalamaka will compete in athletics.

Finau ‘Ohuafi will compete in swimming, and in women’s futsal (Under 18) in which 10 athletes will take part. Finau is currently swim training in Japan at the ONOC-Fukuoka Training Camp for the month of September in preparation for the Games.

Team Tonga will be led by Chef de Mission, ‘Inoke Afeaki and assisted by officials from the three sports.

TASANOC said that although Tonga was given universality places in Archery and Taekwondo, the athletes did not meet the minimum qualification standards that would have allowed them to take part in the games.

Officials and athletes are expected to start departing from Saturday 29 September onwards.

Youth Olympic Team Tonga:

Chef de Mission – ‘Inoke U. Afeaki

Athletics

Lolomana’ia Tu’ifua, Official

Sione Tu’ihalamaka, Athlete (Boys 110m Hurdle)

 

Futsal (Women’s Under-18)

Adelaide Tu’ivailala, Official

Manu La’aina, Official

‘Ofa Talasinga, Official

Mele ‘Akolo, Athlete

Lositika Feke, Athlete

Carol Finau, Athlete

‘Ofa Fisi, Athlete

Carollyne Fotu, Athlete

Florence Hakalo, Athlete

Mele Kafa, Athlete

Seini Lutu, Athlete

‘Ana Polovili, Athlete

Siunipa Talasinga, Athlete

 

Swimming

Vila Day, Official

Finau ‘Ohuafi, Athlete

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