Boxing fraternity mourns the death of Taumoepeau

Boxer Jone Koroilagilagi Davule during a training session with his coach Napoleon Taumoepeau in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Boxer Jone Koroilagilagi Davule during a training session with his late coach Napoleon Taumoepeau in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

THE boxing fraternity here in Fiji is mourning the loss of coach Napoleon Taumoepeau over the weekend.

Amatuer boxing coach Pauliasi Ratu said the passing away of Taumouepeau was a big loss for Fiji.

Ratu and Taumoepeau had been part of the coaching panel for the national amateur boxing team.

Ratu had coached the boxers in the Pacific Mini Games in Vanautu last year while Taumoepeau coached Winston Hill and Jone Davule in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Taumoepeau 40, retired from boxing in November last year due to the medical reasons.

“It is a big loss for Fiji,” Ratu said.

“He was always passionate about boxing in the country and he had coached Winston Hill to win a bronze medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April this year.”

Meanwhile, Fiji Police Force spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the death of Taumoepeau was classified as an alleged suicide.

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