SPORTS

Tokyo Olympics Next For Takayawa

Following the family legacy, Tevita Takayawa won gold at the 100kg senior men’s weight category at the Oceania Judo Championship in Noumea. And his next target is to represent Fiji
12 Apr 2018 10:00
Tokyo Olympics Next For Takayawa
Tevita Takayawa.

Following the family legacy, Tevita Takayawa won gold at the 100kg senior men’s weight category at the Oceania Judo Championship in Noumea.

And his next target is to represent Fiji at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Takayawa’s older brother Nacanieli and late father Viliame both represented Fiji in judo at the Oceania Games and other international tournaments.

The 21-year-old, currently studying Business Law at Ryutsu Kezai University in Japan, won a bronze medal at the Oceania Championship in Tonga, last year.

Takayawa said winning gold at the Oceania Championship on Sunday was a big step towards achieving greater things in the sport in future.

He said it hasn’t been an easy ride for him as he tries to juggle studying and training.

“I was offered a scholarship for four years to study in Japan and I am thankful for this opportunity,” he said.

“For me it’s training every day, morning and afternoon and just studying during the day and I take Sunday off.

“The competition is getting tougher every year and the Oceania Championship is one of the main tournaments where all top judokas come to participate.

“I’ve won gold before in past competitions but winning gold at the Oceania Champs is a family legacy.  And it wasn’t an easy feat when we have Australia and New Zealand taking part.

“So I’m proud to say I’m an Oceania champion like everyone who has won the title in the past Oceania Championships,” he said.

He said he has been preparing four years for the competition.

“I’ve been preparing for four years but leading towards this, two years ago I fought my first Oceania title and won my first title in the junior division but came up short in the senior division,” he said.

“Last year I won bronze and I was determined to win this year. Before coming to the Oceania I had trained in Budapest, Hungary and Japan where I’m based.

“Since I was young I only looked up to two people. And that is basketball legend Michael Jordan for his work ethic and to Commonwealth Games gold medallist and my older brother Nacanieli Takayawa who paved the way for me.

“I would like to thank the Lord Almighty for giving me the strength and patience, my family, Ryutsu Kezai University, Ric Blas Snr and last but not least my coaches Sensei Iwasaki and Jo Naulu for their continuous support and for believing in my abilities. I would like to thank everyone that’s sent in messages, I really do appreciate their support and I thank them all,” he said.

He said it was through his family support he kept striving for the best.

“My family has been in this sport for a very long time and my dream to participate in the Summer Olympics to win gold

“The next target now is the Olympics in Tokyo and I am blessed to have my family supporting me,” he said.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

 

Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: