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Continuing Woes in Tonga Sports
After Tasanoc experienced chaotic conditions for weeks on end, with a
corruption scandal raging that saw top positions axed, the proud Sport
Nation of Tonga’s team arrived at the Mini Games with the largest
number of functionaries of any country!
Even the organizers couldn’t but wryly proclaim at the opening
ceremony: “Tonga: 47 athletes; 18 officials!”
With the Games proceeding it didn’t quite hit anyone as a surprise
though, that the Tongan team, with the rare exception of Decathlon
winner Toutouofa Vea, ended up by far the competition’s biggest
underperformer, barely managing to bypass ‘nations’ such as Norfolk &
In general the athletes seemed less dynamic, simply less well trained
than their competitors.
Maybe it’s time even for Tonga to open up a bit to the modern world
where often training methods from overseas have been more tested,
refined & effective over the years.
Ps: at least the ‘Friendly’ Shipping Company with their ‘Otuanga Ofa’
made good business.
When learning that the Tuvalu ship had problems, they ruthlessly exploited their dilemma, charging an outrageous ten-fold 1000$ AU per athlete one-way!
Tuvalu team members who in time decided to book a flight ticket paid only a third of that!
As a comparison, 1499$ AU buys you a 28-day luxury
cruise half-around-the-planet from Chile to Sydney
This sets the tone of friendship with their northern neighbors
for years to come.
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