Samoa leads Oceania Weightlifting competition

Team Samoa is leading the Oceania Weightlifting Federation (O.W.F) online league competition.

Scores are tallied after the different federations submit video recording of lifts.

The lifts are subjected to judging before final scores are posted.

The O.W.F. congratulated Samoa for a job well done.

"What a fantastic performance by all countries who took part in the first round of the League tournament," a statement from them reads. "Samoa's performance against Solomon Islands was outstanding. There was some world class results in the Samoan team."

There are 10 countries involved in the competition.

Samoa is leading the competition, followed by New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Pacific 2, Fiji, Nauru, Pacific 1 and Solomon Islands.

The Samoan men's team includes Nevo Ioane, Bob Pesaleli, Jack Opeloge, Don Opeloge, Petelo Lautusi, Sanele Mao and Junior Tasi. 

The women's team includes Avatu Opeloge, Sekolasitika Isaia, Saofaialo Jim, Leotina Petelo, Lesilia Fiapule, Iuniarra Sipaia and Fegaiga Stowers.

President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork, said this is a good opportunity to get Samoa's elite team to test themselves against the best in the Oceania region.

"It's a great initiative, certainly will be ideal for our elite team who have been training throughout the year," he said. 

"Some of our senior lifters displaying outstanding form like Don Opeloge and Sanele Mao. We are looking forward to the next round."

He also acknowledged the continuous support of their naming rights sponsor, the Samoa Water Authority.

The online competition is done as they cannot travel due to borders being closed because of the deadly coronavirus. 

But Tuaopepe said his athletes are ready to travel and compete whenever they are allowed.

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