We can’t hide those oiled-up muscles any longer. In his third Olympics, Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua has returned shirtless and smeared in oil, this time with some competition. for more information about Tongas Shirtless Flag Bearer has Some Glistening Competition. reading below.
Tongas Shirtless Flag Bearer has Some Glistening Competition
The 37-year-old martial artist led the way for his Polynesian nation at the parade of nations, just as he did in Rio in 2016 and South Korea at the 2018 Winter Games.
The taekwondo black belt’s toned torso glistened once more in the ceremony lights as he walked by co-flag bearer Malia Paseka, despite the fact that he was required to wear a mask.
Taufatofua tweeted, “It’s time,” accompanying a selfie of himself shirtless and oil-free, a few hours before the ceremony. The black belt, who is also an engineer and an ambassador for UNICEF, teased, “You don’t want to miss it.”
One of Taufatofua’s many fans tweeted, “It’s not an Olympics opening ceremony without an oiled-up dude from Tonga!” as he once again raised blood pressure in anticipation of his latest effort to win a gold.
Bruce McAvaney, an Australian pundit, said that the black belt had become “the Usain Bolt of flag bearers,” while a fan noted that he had made “shirtless and oiled for the gods” a catchphrase.
However, he soon found himself up against some unexpected opposition in the form of the Vanuatu flag bearer, rower Rillio Rii, who appeared shortly behind him while also wearing a similarly oiled-up physique.
One Twitter user wrote of Vanuatu’s Rii, 27, who is participating for Tonga in the men’s single sculls, “*Tonga goes viral at #Olympics* Vanuatu: ‘hold my flag.'”
Having skied in the Winter Olympics, Taufatofua is returning to compete in taekwondo, but he had previously tested out for Tonga’s sprint kayaking squad with the intention of competing in three events across three games.
Many of his supporters said that he had already won by returning as a flag bearer, even though he was an outsider and had to work his way up to the stage.
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