Hope fades for Tongan boxers in China Olympic qualifiers

    The Tonga Boxing Association (TBA) hopes of sending fighters to the Olympics in Rio are on the ropes after their three leading contenders were beaten in the opening session of the Oceania qualifying tournament in China.

    Pueki Fifita a female fighter who won bronze medal for Tonga at Pacific Games 2015, Sepesitiano Lavemai, a super heavy weight who won silver medal at the Pacific games 2015 and Fine Tu’ipulotu, also a Pacific Games 2015 contender all lost their first-round fights yesterday.

    Hiko Fungavaka, the assistant president of the TBA said he has yet to receive the results for Pouono Lopeti, a Tongan light heavy weight boxer from Australia who joined the Tongan team.

    However Lopeti who goes by the name Machete Lopeti on Facebook, made an emotional comment on his page this morning and said: “Not the result we hoped for….. Humbled by the experience Sad and frustrated by the loss but definitely not defeated mentally. Many thanks for the support!!!”

    The TBA sent two officials and four fighters to compete at the qualifying tournament.

    Fungavaka said 13 boxers were trained to compete at the tournament but they finally cut them down to only four because the funding from the government was not enough to send them all to the competition.

    The selection of the fighters was then forced to pick only those fighters who had fought in an international competition like the Pacific Games.

    Not the result we hoped for….. Humbled by the experience Sad and frustrated by the loss but definitely not defeated mentally. Many thanks for the support!!!

    Posted by Machete Lopeti on Monday, March 28, 2016

    1 COMMENT

    1. Kuo siva ‘a e ‘amanaki ki he timi fuhu ko ia ʻa Tonga ne nau kau atu ki he feʻauhi ke maʻu ha ngofua ke kau atu ki ʻOlimipiki koi a ʻi Rio hili ʻeni ha foʻi kotoa ʻa e toko 4 ne folaú.

      Naʻe foʻi poini ʻa Pueki Fifita ko e fefine pe ia ʻe taha ne kau ki he feʻauhí ka naʻá ne polonise foki ʻi he Pacific Games 2015, foʻi mate ʻa Sepesitiano Lavemai kae tokotaha fuhu pāuni mamafa ia ne mētali siliva ʻi he Pacific Games 2015, foʻi foki mo Fine Tuʻipulotu ne ne kau mo ia ki he Pacific Games 2015.

      Pehē ʻe Hiko Fungavaka ko e TOkoni Palesiteni ia ʻa e Kautaha Fuhu ʻa Tongá ki he Kanivá ʻoku teʻeki aʻutaki ange ʻa e ola e fuhu ʻa Lōpeti Pouono ʻa ia ne toko fā ʻaki e kau feʻauhí.

      Ko e Pouono ko e tangata fuhu Tonga ia mei ʻAositelēlia pea ko e hau ia ʻi he kau fuhu kilokalami ʻe 81 ʻa Niusauelé.

      Ka ʻi he pongipongí ne pehē ai ʻe Lopeti ʻa ia ʻokú ne ngāueʻaki ʻa e hingoa ko e Machete Lopeti he Feisipuká ʻokú ne tali fiemālie pe ʻa e ola ʻene fuhu ne fakahoko ʻaneafí neongo ʻa ʻene foʻí.

      Ko e toko 13 kotoa ne teuteuʻi ke kau atu ki he feʻauhi fuhu ko ʻeni ʻi Siainá ka ne pehē ʻe Fungavaka ko e seniti ne tokoni mai ʻaki ʻe he puleʻanga ko e toko fā pe ne lava ke ʻalu aí mo ha ongo ʻofisiale ʻe toko ua.

      Ne pau ai ke nau fili pe ʻa kinautolu ne ʻosi fuhu fakavahaʻapuleʻanga ke nau fakafofongaʻi ʻa Tonga.

      Ko kinautolu ne ʻikai filí ne teʻeki ke nau fakafofongaʻi ʻa Tonga ʻi ha feʻauhi fakavahaʻapuleʻanga, ko e lau ia ʻa Fungavaká.

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