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I’m Happy: Vueti

Weightlifting Fiji head coach Josefa Vueti was satisfied with the results produced by his lifters during the week- long Oceania Weightlifting Championship. I’m very happy I should start celebrating,” Vueti
28 May 2016 13:50
I’m Happy: Vueti
Fiji Weightlifting Head Coach Josefa Vueti .Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

Weightlifting Fiji head coach Josefa Vueti was satisfied with the results produced by his lifters during the week- long Oceania Weightlifting Championship.

I’m very happy I should start celebrating,” Vueti said.

“I’m confident after the overall outcome of the results Fiji will qualify two lifters men and women to Rio.”

Vueti said Apolonia Vaivai’s golden 114kg lift in the women’s 69kg has placed herin the top three spot while for the men it was after Mesake Raiviu’s performance in the 94kg finishing in the top six.

Raiviu finished in sixth spot with a lift of 260kg while Siaosi Leuo of Samoa won gold with a lift of 336kg and Simplice Ribouem won silver with a lift of 335kg and Koriata Petelo of Samoa won bronze.

“After Thursday our plan was for Mesake to seal a place in the top six position and gain 20 points because after that for sure we will be in the top five,” Vueti said.

“After Tropical Cyclone Winston I thought that we wouldn’t able to make it. But we put our head down and we work hard towards achieving our goal,” Vueti added.

Following this championship Manueli Tulo and Eileen Cikamatana will head back to New Caledonia to train while Vaivai will train under Vueti.

Oceania Weightlifitng general secretary and Oceania Weightlifitng Institute director Paul Coffa acknowledged Fiji and coach Vueti’s achievement.

“Fiji is doing very well in terms of producing good points for Rio qualification and that’s how it is.

“Joe Vueti is doing a great job he is like a son to me,” Coffa said.

 

12 lifters from the

Oceania- Coffa

Coffa said the Oceania would be sending 12 lifters for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“We will have about 12 lifters for Rio, nine will qualify and the other three will be through invitation,” he said.

Coffa also explained one of the biggest challenges that smaller continents like the Oceania face in the Olympic Games.

“It’s very difficult to get to the Olympics and try to win a medal when you are competing against countries that are not prepared to play a fair game.

“We have a great anti-doping organisation in the Oceania and in the past years we have not been tested positive on doping because we don’t want it,” Coffa said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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