Among your many talents, Minister Loau, since you’re now focused on other sporting matters pertinent to your portfolio, you were always the real and original Chiropractor, on the football field for the Manu Samoa, and SCOPA.
I had the honour of playing alongside you in 1988 for the Seng Meng Raiders rugby league team, alongside with other Manu Samoa teammates, such as Anetale’a Aiolupo, Aletimu Aletimu, Alama Ieremia, and Taufusi Salesa, under Tasi Malifa’s leadership, to win the 1988 Apia Rugby League competition.
I was the Samoan from Australia whom played number 13 and did most of the defense work in the forwards back then.
Other matters besides weightlifting, and the fact that other international bodies have chimed in with their storm in a tea cup interference in domestic affairs, I don’t think that it matters all that much domestically.
Nor is it really considered all that significantly important internationally as well, needless to say, I am pleased to acknowledge Samoa as amongst the very elite in the world in this sport.
I, personally, am more impressed and pleased with le Susuga Seti Afoa’s work on Samoa ocean swimming and the Samoa ironman triathlons, which I have been into in Australia for over a decade.
I am very pleased when Samoa introduced triathlon in 2007 Pacific games. I would love to see Samoan triathlon and swimming be developed to world class level in the future.
Obviously, this can only be achieved here in Australia, where we have the best triathlete coaches in the world.
In fact most elite world beaters were trained by Australian coaches. Samoa is very limited in resources, and may be at present in talent, but, are very foolhardy and bold.
I wish you all the best in your portfolio in which I cannot remember anyone else holding it for well over a decade now.
Ia soifua ma ia manuia lau Afioga Minisita Keneti Sio.
In Samoa I was known on the team as Tim Amituanai (Father’s surname).