UNITED NATIONS — Pita Taufatofua is not prepared to exhibit that new competition he has taken adult for a 2020 Olympic run — “very soon,” he pronounced — though a oiled-up, shirtless Tongan dwindle dispatcher done it clear.
“I can pledge we … whatever that subsequent competition is, if we validate for a Olympics in that sport, we will award in that sport,” he pronounced while visiting a UN final Wednesday for a Youth Dialogue event.
Taufatofua, who became a viral strike during a Rio Opening Ceremony and thereafter competed in taekwondo and cross-country skiing in back-to-back Olympics, has famous his new competition for during slightest dual months. He trafficked extensively given a Winter Games finished 3 months ago though found a time to tailor training for it.
“What I’m going to benefaction is a competition that’s many some-more aligned with being a Tongan and being a Pacific Islander,” Taufatofua pronounced dual months ago. “It’s aligned with a water, a sea. So, wait and see.”
Yet Taufatofua refused to order out competing in taekwondo again.
“Once taekwondo’s in a blood it never leaves,” he pronounced Wednesday. “I’m always going to be a taekwondo fighter. Who knows? Who knows what a subsequent step is.
“It’s always about stepping things up. How do we make it even better? Maybe I’ll do dual sports. Who knows? … Whatever a many formidable thing that we can consider of is, that’ll be what’s next.”
Taufatofua also refused to order out a group competition like H2O polo, notwithstanding Tonga carrying no Olympic story in a eventuality and a notation possibility to margin a group to try to validate for a Tokyo Games.
He also declined a thought that a new competition would be, like cross-country skiing, one with an easier track to validate for a Olympics. Taufatofua finished 114th in his PyeongChang cross-country skiing competition and mislaid by forgiveness order in his Rio first-round taekwondo match.
“This is about a impossible,” Taufatofua said. “I’m not looking for an easy sport. I’m looking for a competition that’s aligned with me.”
Taufatofua reliable he’s entrance out with a book titled, “That Single Step,” formed off the Lao Tzu quote, “The tour of a thousand miles starts with a singular step.”
“It’s going to change people’s lives when it comes to formulating new habits, removing to exercise, apropos a sportsman,” he said.
When will Taufatofua contest again? He pronounced he doesn’t know. But he has put all of a weight behind on that he strew for cross-country skiing.
And if he’s means to lift a Tongan dwindle during a third Opening Ceremony, he will really be shirtless again, in a identical outfit to what he wore in Rio and PyeongChang.
“When we went to Rio, we was told by some of a possess people [dignitaries], don’t wear this, don’t wear that,” Taufatofua said. “We wish we to wear a fit and a tie. we pronounced no. we said, we were taught to wear that fit and that tie 50 years ago. we said, my ancestors go behind 1,000 years. we wish to wear what they wore since I’m representing them when we lift that flag. They pronounced no, so we carried it in a bags and hid it underneath a uniforms when we walked in a backstages of Rio and pulled it out when they had no possibility to flog us off a team. Then, afterwards, they [other people] said, whose thought was it? They [the Tongan officials] pronounced it was ours. It was all of ours.”
The PyeongChang uniform is headed for a Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The Rio one is stranded on his wall during home, hung with additional significance.
“It’s where things altered for me,” he said.
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