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Fiji Boxing representative to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Winston Hill. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN
July 07
15:21 2016

 

After a lapse of 28 years, Fiji is going to be represented in boxing at the Olympic Games.

This was after Team Fiji chef de mission Cathy Wong confirmed that welterweight boxer Winston Hill has made it to next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil through a tripartite invitation.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Hill said he received the news on Monday.

“It was shocking when we found out about our invitation, but we have been preparing tournament after tournament, three months ago,” he said.

“Training has been rolling over really well and it’s amazing how everything is just unfolding for Team Fiji boxing.”

The 22-year- old took up the sport three years ago and had his first international outing at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea last year where he won a silver medal.

“It was a one year dream for me to book a place for the 2016 Rio Olympics since the Pacific Games last year. It’s amazing how everything is unfolding. Right now physical preparation is on, I reckon it’s just mental preparation for me now- having a more focus mind frame towards the Olympic Games.”

There’s no regret for him taking up boxing, Hill says, he believes this is one way for him to be disciplined and stay away from bad habits like partying and drinking.

Winston made special mention of his coach Napoleon Taumoepeau.

“I’m very grateful that Napoleon has brought me this far. He’s been very supportive along with his family. I also want to thank my family and friends for their support.”

Boxing is the latest inclusion in Team Fiji’s list for Rio. The last time Fijian boxers took part in the Olympics was in 1988 in Seoul. The three boxers that went were Apete Raiwalui, Isimeli Lesi who is now based in Canada and Josateki Basalusalu everything is unfolding. Right now physical preparation is on, I reckon it’s just mental preparation for me now- having a more focus mind frame towards the Olympic Games.”

There’s no regret for him taking up boxing, Hill says, he believes this is one way for him to be disciplined and stay away from bad habits like partying and drinking.

Winston made special mention of his coach Napoleon Taumoepeau.

“I’m very grateful that Napoleon has brought me this far. He’s been very supportive along with his family. I also want to thank my family and friends for their support.”

Boxing is the latest inclusion in Team Fiji’s list for Rio. The last time Fijian boxers took part in the Olympics was in 1988 in Seoul. The three boxers that went were Apete Raiwalui, Isimeli Lesi who is now based in Canada and Josateki Basalusalu.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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