Samoa to review Olympic athletes preparation


Ranked fourth before the Olympics but Ele Opeloge suffered a series of illnesses leading up to London

LONDON OLYMPICS: 08 August 2012: The President of Samoa’s Olympic Committee says changes may be needed in how the country’s athletes prepare for future Olympic tournaments.

The country’s top medal hope in London, weightlifter Ele Opeloge, finished sixth after her Games build up was hampered by a series of illnesses.

The President of SASNOC, Nu’u Tapasu Leung Wai, says despite the absence of a medal he is satisfied with the competitiveness of Samoa’s athletes.

But he says if they want to take the next step in four years time, some things will need to change.

“We have learned what we should do and we should go back now and look at our methods of preparedness. I guess the other drawback was we kept our athletes at home and I think that some interferences with normal family affairs and family interference, so that is why we are looking at seriously how can we prepare our elite athletes before major competition.”

Samoa still has three athletes to compete over the coming days in Canoeing and Taekwando.

Meanwhile in Pacific results on day 12, Nauru weightlifter Itte Detenamo finished 14th in the Men’s over 105kg class, after lifting a total of 390kg.

SOURCE: Radio New Zealand International

One Comments

  • Tofaeono M. J. Hollywood 08 / 08 / 2012

    I can only say thank you to all members of Team Samoa; players, officials and sponsors for representing our country.

    A medal is important but competitiveness in a sportsmanship effort is the purpose of these major world sports’ gatherings.

    There is no slightest doubt in my mind none or whatsoever your effort surely made me so proud for all you had done so far. May others who are yet to participate enjoy their tournaments and appreciate whatever the outcome.

    Well done to you sons and daughters of Samoa.