He is here again! And again and again!
The media in the world rejoiced as a so-called oiled Tongan walked his chest naked and shiny for the Tokyo Olympics on Friday night.
Taufatofua is a Tongan taekwondoka paddler skier who became a living meme the moment he marched on an oil-brushed upper body bare for the opening of the Olympics on a dark evening in Rio in the summer of 2016.
In At the opening of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, he wore Tonga’s red-and-white flag in a freezing frostbite again without a shirt, and the same thing is now happening in Tokyo.
Some also remember Pita Taufatofua from the 2017 Lahti World Championships in skiing. There, Taufatofua lost 15 miles in a free winner in 23 minutes.
Pita Taufatofua has repeatedly stated that his goal is to compete in three Olympics, in three different sports. Summer or winter races, everything goes.
In Rio he competed in taekwondo and in Pyeongchang in cross-country skiing. In Tokyo, he aimed at both taekwondo and kayaking.
“I chose the species because it’s close to my heart. Polynesians have been paddling from island to island for thousands of years, ”Taufatofua said in the Olympic Channel Podcast.
He trained a kayak two years ago – then a rib broke and a corona pandemic broke out that prevented a race trip to Siberia where Olympic screenings should have been given.
So there is only taekwondo in the 37-year-old Tongan Olympic program in Tokyo. On Tuesday, he will face a Russian Vladislav Larinin, 25, which is among the top in the world.
Taufatofua’s ranking is “in the winds of the 360,” as he himself puts it. Larin is the European champion and world champion. The match will take place on Tuesday morning in Finnish time.
When match pairs survived, Taufatofua updated on Instagram, “Ok, the draw has been made, and I’m lucky to take on the number one in the world, this time he’s a Russian giant. The coach told me to pray. What do I do? ”
Many replied that they were praying with him.
At the opening ceremony, the Tongan flag was also carried Malia Paseka, which was at its first Olympics. Paseka was the first Tongan woman to participate in taekwondo. He started the race on Monday.
The first match lasted 49 seconds. Britannian Lauren Williamsin After this, you could see that the players of Paseka were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals. Britti won 11-0.
Pita Taufatofuan looking at the hustle and bustle, the question forcibly arises: is this a joke?
Taufatofua is diligently updating his social media accounts. In his latest Instagram update, he spreads coconut oil on his chest and apologizes for the weird clips.
They are actually for Tiktok, where Taufatofua has 1.4 million followers.
There is a good purpose behind it all, Taufatofua writes. He’s downright fishing for a follow-up question, and soon someone asked.
So what’s the point?
“I want to build free internships for young Tongans. Then bring that world-class coaches and athletes to Tonga for a vacation, for which they will hold workshops for Tongans for a day or two, ”Taufatofua replied.
To his plan for which he needs money, and in order to obtain money he needs publicity. Even though he has said that maximizing publicity is not his real goal, it is necessary to do good.
Tonga is an island nation in the South Pacific, east of Australia. The country, with more than 100,000 inhabitants, is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to its geographical location.
Olympic medal in addition, Taufatofua has stated that it also aims to raise awareness of climate change.
The basic principles of the Olympic Movement include the pursuit of building a better world by raising young people through sport.
I guess that’s what Pita Taufatofu tries in her own way. Therefore shirtlessness, therefore oil.
Maybe the same show will be seen seen again in Beijing in 2022?
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