Tonga's shot put bronze medal blamed on last minute trip

Photo/Oceania Athletics Association (Facebook). Womens 4kg Shot Put Medal Winners,  Pacific Games 2015. 1st: Milika Tuivanuavou, FIJI – 14.35m (Centre) 2nd: Patsy Mckenzie, SAM – 13.83m (Left) 3rd: Ata Maama Tuutafaiva, TGA – 13.65m (Right)

Tongan Pacific Games athletes in Papua New Guinea endured another horror day yesterday Tuesday 13 after being required to compete within hours of arriving from Fiji.

One source (who did not want to be identified) told Kaniva News that shot putter ‘Atamaama Tūʻuutafaiva  was one of those affected.

Tūʻutafaiva won the bronze in Womens 4kg Shot Put Medal competition, throwing a best of 13.83m to finish third.

The source said Tūʻutafaiva and others were clearly fatigued after their six hour flight from Nadi to Port Moresby.

After all her recent setbacks, she was apparently on the verge of giving up but she was encouraged and supported by the team and officials.

“Tūʻutafaiva might have done better if she’d had more time to rest and prepare in PNG,” the source said.

“Her performance was well below her personal best”.

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Tūʻutafaiva and the six others athletes who competed yesterday were part of the group stranded at Fuʻamotu Airport on Tuesday 7.

Nobody had paid for the tickets needed for their original flight and the government was forced to organise a charter to fly them to Fiji on Saturday. They were then able to catch a connecting flight to PNG.

The incident has caused outrage on social media with many accusing Tonga’s national sport authority TASANOC of failing to ensure the country’s Pacific Games teams arrived in time.

The 15th Pacific Games began on July 4 and are scheduled to end on July 18.

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  1. Tuʻunga ʻo e Metali ʻoku maʻu ʻe Tonga e metali ʻe 11 ʻa ia ko e koula ʻe 6 polonise ʻe 5.

    Ne mei fakafiefia ange ola e tolo sotiputi ʻa Atamaama Tūʻutafaivá ka ne ʻi ai ha taimi feʻunga pehe ke mālōlo mo teuteu lelei ai ʻi Papua lolotonga e sipoti ʻa e Pasifiki.

    Ne ne ikuna ʻa e mētali polonisé ʻo na vāmamaʻoʻaki pe mo e toko taha Fisi ne ne ikuná ʻa e senitimita ʻe 0.75. ʻI hono ʻai mahinó ko e toe ʻaho mātuʻaki fakaloloma ʻaneafi ki he kau sipoti ʻa Tonga koeʻuhi ko ʻenau tūʻuta atu ke fakahoko e sipoti ne nau teu taʻu lahi ki aí kuo ʻikai ke kei ʻi ai hanau ivi tuʻunga he folau loloa ne nau feiá ʻo foua e ngaahi taulanga kehekehe ʻo nofo holo ai pea toki aʻu ki he feituʻu ʻoku fai ai ʻa e sipotí.

    Ne nau folau he houa ʻe ono mei Fisi ki Papua Niu Kini ʻaneafi pea ʻi heʻenau tūʻuta atu pē ne tala ke nau teuteu leva kae hoko atu ki heʻenau feʻauhi. Ko e toko fitu he kau folau atu ko ʻeni ʻa ia ko e toko ono he lele mita 100 ʻo toko 3 fefine pea mo e toko 3 tangata.

    Uesia kotoa e faʻahinga ko ʻení ʻe he haʻahaʻa ʻo e heka vaka lóloá. Pehē ʻe he tokotaha ne fetuʻutaki mo e Kanivá mei Papuá ne mei sai ange pea fakafiefia ange ola e tolo ʻa Tūʻutafaivá ka ne ʻikai e meʻa ko ʻeni ne hokó. Ne ʻosi mei lī taueli ia ʻi hono ʻai atu ke vaʻingá ka ne fai pe fakalotolahi ʻo ne toe hū pe ʻo tolo.

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