Team Tonga

Fotofili to represent Tonga in 100m sprint at the Tokyo Olympics

The 23-year-old has represented Tonga in other international events.

Fotofili is from Lapaha in Tongatapu.

He started competing in the sport at the annual Inter-Collegiate Sports competition, representing Tupou College.

In 2017, he represented Tonga in the U20 Oceania in Fiji and the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila.

Fotofili went on to compete in the 100m, 400m and 4x100m relay at the Oceania competition in Australia in 2019.

In the same year, he participated in the 100m, 400m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and the 4x400m relay at the Pacific Games in Samoa.

Team Fiji win Pacific Island Food Revolution 2020

The winners received FJD $5000 in Suva last night.

Team Tonga’s Mia and Mafi are the runners up in the competition, which saw cooks from four countries pit their skills in the kitchen.

Samoa and Vanuatu also competed in the competition.

The programme was televised in 14 Pacific countries.

The team Fiji members operate the Niu Grillz restaurant and catering business, located at the Fiji Club.

PM congratulates Team Tonga

“I am very proud of all of the members of Team Tonga for having won the highest number of Gold Medals as well as the highest number of overall Medals in the Apia Games, in comparison to previous Pacific Games in which Tonga has participated. This is a major achievement for Tonga and full credit must go to the individual members of Team Tonga as well as the Managers, Coaches and support staff,” Mr Pohiva said.

Key players to watch in the Men's Division of the 2019 Pacific Games

Today, all of the brightest stars in the Pacific take center stage in a bid to fly their respective flags high in this prestigious quadrennial basketball showpiece.

So here are the top players to watch from eight different teams set to slug it out for the Pacific Games crown:

TAI WESLEY (GUAM)

Tai Wesley is Guam’s most decorated player, having stops in different ranks and leagues in the world.

Tongan king and noble donate to cash-strapped athletes

King Tupou VI has donated nearly $US9000 to help the country's athletes get to the Pacific Games in Samoa next month.

Former Noble MP Lord Vaea, who is the King's brother-in-law, has also pledged to match the donation.

The moves come after the King visited the team and was told they were short of funds.

In 2017, Tonga belatedly pulled out of hosting the games, with the government and Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva expressing fear the country would accumulate too much debt.

Team Tonga wins 2 gold, 2 silver at Special Olympics World Games

Siaosi Palanite won a gold medal in the 100m sprint while Ane Tuiketei scooped gold in the shot put event.

Manatu Paletu’a and Paula Tupou each picked up a silver medal for shot put.

Team Tonga coach, Fehoko Tu’ivai said the athletes were extremely happy and excited with their win.

The athletes are looking forward to returning home and seeing their families this weekend.

Tonga last won a gold medal at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles in 2015.

The medal was won by Tomasi Ma’asi in the 100m sprint.

All go for Team Tonga Mini Games flight

It had agreed to cover the full cost of the flights to Port Vila two weeks ago but a payment deadline from Air Vanuatu passed without any contact from the government.

TASANOC Secretary General Takitoa Taumoepeau said a meeting was held on Tuesday to resolve the impasse, with the government ultimately offering to contribute a much smaller amount.

"What we had requested to government we only got one third of that amount, which was about 165-166 thousands - so there was no point of asking back," he said.

Team Tonga waiting on govt to pay for Mini Games flight

Team Tonga Chef de Mission 'Amanaki Fakakovikaetau, who is also a member of TASANOC's Executive Committee, said the government only told them last Wednesday it would pay for the flight, which is scheduled to leave on Thursday.

He said the original payment deadline from Air Vanuatu has since passed but the airline have kept the door open while they wait to hear from the government.

"But they've also been negotiating how we're going to do this payment and we're still waiting for the confirmation and the letter from government that they are going to do that," he said.

Pacific-based league players to impress at Ohana cup

Two players were ruled out after picking up injuries during last week's 24-16 defeat by the Fiji Residents in Suva, while two more players were unable to join the team in Hawaii because of visa issues.

Tonga govt finally offers financial support to Rio athletes

RNZ reports the agreement was signed on Friday by the President of Tonga's National Olympic Committee, Lord Tupou, and CEO of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, responsible for Sports, 'Ana Bing Fonua.

The Interim CEO and Secretary General of TASANOC, Takitoa Taumoepeau, said it's been made clear that the money was to be used for insurance, outfits and incidentals of team members.

Last month Mr Taumoepeau said an initial request for financial support had been rejected by the government.