Chinese weightlifting coach guarantees gold for Samoa
Chinese weightlifting coach, Huang Huaxin, is optimistic Samoa will scoop gold medals in weightlifting during the Pacific Games in July.
Mr. Huang is in Samoa under the China Sports Initiative that allows China to assist Samoa with preparations for the upcoming Games.
The 62-year-old said his contribution to the weightlifting squad competing next month is to provide his professional opinion on areas that need improvement.
He said so far Samoa’s weightlifting team is the best judging by the amazing records they have achieved worldwide.
“I have seen that the training squad for the Games is very skilled with technique and the commitment to the sport is excellent.
“In my own view, Samoa will win gold medals for the sport of weightlifting. The sport is about power and strength and I believe that is the uniqueness of it,” he added.
Samoa's national weightlifting team coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork said their team has been ready since last month.
He told the Samoa Observer that they have to be careful now that no one gets injured within the next two weeks.
“Now the squad needs to recover, recuperate and ready to perform in front of Samoa.
“It has been a tough year in terms of preparations we have had some hard training during camps but then we have prepared for this competition for the last 12 months and everything is going well,” he added.
Asked about his opinion on Mr. Huang's statement, Tuaopepe said anything can happen.
“You have to stay sharp, stay humble and ready for the competition. As long as we are ready with preparations we are also ready for the Games.
“Gold is our only aim we are not competing for any other medal but like I said nothing is guaranteed and anything can happen on the day but winning gold medals is the team’s goal.
“We have a squad of 23 who will be competing next month: eight females and 15 males.”