Tonga Sports Council

Afeaki believes Tonga needs a proper Act to improve sporting performance

Tonga Sports Council Programme Coordinator, Inoke Afeaki said the major issue is that the country does not have any Sports Act to provide direction to all local sporting federations.

“There is no direction, there are no parameters on how sports should be and there’s no true north of where. What we trying to do in sports?”

Afeaki has spent the past two years helping address the gaps in the structure to assist sporting federations to be more competitive at international competitions.

Tonga accelerates plans for sports development

The council made the decision after reviewing Team Tonga’s performance at the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games where athletes won a total of 29 medals.

TSC Chairman, who was also the Chef de Mission to the games, 'Ikani Taliai, Netina Latu and Programme Coordinator, Inoke ‘Afeaki, confirmed that the council will now focus on continuing to train athletes, prepare sporting competitions and make use of funding received.

The council will also give talented athletes a pathway where they could make a living.