“Play for gold” PM urges Team Samoa

Team Samoa for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month

By Tulifau Auvaa

APIA: FRIDAY 11 JULY 2014: The emphasis is “play for gold”. The message came from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and what Government expects from Team Samoa at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland later this month.

“Play hard, play for your country and play for gold medals,” Tuilaepa told the 50 plus contingent in a Team Samoa send off yesterday morning.

“Samoa has competed in the Commonwealth Games for 40 years and we broke records in previous games,” said Tuilaepa.

He noted the significance of winning gold and emphasized sportsmanship.

“You are the ambassadors for Samoa.”

Tuilaepa also voiced his concern over the Samoa Association of Sports & National Olympic Committee’s (SASNOC) negligence in providing the athletes international rankings in their respective sports.

“Cabinet went through the list of athletes and people travelling to Scotland, and we realised that we do not know anything about the athletes or their ranking in their sports,” said Tuilaepa.

The delegation includes 41 athletes and over 20 officials including coaches and a doctor.

Samoa is represented by eight different sports and has great prospects in weightlifting with at least two Samoan lifters ranked number one in the Commonwealth. Team Samoa is also competing in boxing, judo, lawn bowls, rugby sevens, swimming and field events. The team departs for Scotland early next week.