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Sport 3. Olympic participation: "Oil Man" Taufatofua again

17:55  23 july  2021
17:55  23 july  2021 Source:   cms.downloadvod.daznservices.com

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At the opening ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Pita Taufatofua was famous from Tonga 2016. In Tokyo, he wants to worry again - not only at the ceremony.

3. Olympia-Teilnahme: „Öl-Mann“ Taufatofua wieder dabei © Provided by sport1.de 3. Olympic participation: "Oil Man" Taufatofua Again

Pita Taufatofua became celebrity at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

, however, not for what he did in the competition, but rather for his oiled body at the opening ceremony.

also with the winter games 2018 in Pyeongchang he was there. Curios: Even in the winter he renounced the outerwear.

Now Taufatofua also provides a stir in Tokyo, at its third Olympic participation. At the opening ceremony, he glanced again in the truest sense of the word with his oiled body. That's already cult.

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230 million search queries on Google should have given the week after the opening ceremony in Rio: "Where is Tonga?" Taufatofua told the British Guardian.

Taufatofua has 129 000 followers on Instagram

while Taufatofua, who grew up in the Pacific State near the Fiji Islands, may be known as the Olympic Eye Weather, he is much more than that. He became Unicef ​​ambassador. For 15 years he had earned his money as a social worker and worked with homeless children. "I've seen what true strength is," Taufatofua said. He wrote a motivation book. There are 129,000 people on Instagram. And even by Prince Harry and Meghan, he was invited to reception in 2018 when the two Tonga visited. Taufatofua is a man who tries to inspire all over Oceania.

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After changing skiing at winter games, the 37-year-old will now take place in Taekwondo after qualifying last year. In Rio, he had lost his only struggle with 1:16 points.

He wants to be the first person who qualifies for three different Olympic games in three different sports. His goal is the Sprintkajak - he has been training for almost two years. But a few days before the Oceania qualifier tournament, Taufatofua broke a rib, which made a placement difficult. There was another opportunity to qualify in Russia, but the Covid travel restrictions prevented participation.

Taufatofua wants to inspire

"The Olympic Games is about never going to give up," said Taufatofua, who wanted a difficult childhood. He wants to show that people like he can achieve their Olympic goals. "When I go and make three Olympic games, maybe one of the children says, watching, 'I'll try that too, and then they drive themselves. And by spacing yourself, improve the person next to themselves and the person next to them, "he said.

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Taufatofua really lives the Olympic motto: It's all about it.

"for me," he says, "is the largest medal knowing that there are people who watch and maybe inspire."

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