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ONOC General Assembly

The ONOC General Assembly was held in Suva with the participation of IOC President Thomas Bach. Besides the 17 NOC countries and 5 Associate countries attending, Marcus Stephen Nauru NOC President and OWF President and Paul Coffa OWF General Secretary also participated in the event. Over 200 delegates were present from the different regional sports federations.

Weightlifting is one of the two tiered sports of ONOC together with rugby.

At the General Assembly, the IOC President referred to the success of the weightlifters in Glasgow from the Pacific region with a special mention to Kiribati and David Katoatau.

The President of the Republic of Fiji, in his opening speech, praised the work of weightlifting in the Pacific region, naming David Katoatau from Kiribati, the two gold medallist from PNG Dika Toua and Steven Kari, the silver medal from Nauru with Itte Detenamo, the two silver and one bronze medal from Samoa – Ele Opeloge, Mary Opeloge and Nevo Ioanne, and of course he was proud to announce Apolonia Vaivai from Fiji winning bronze.

IOC Rio Scholarships were offered to the lifters from the pacific islands.

Souce: Paul Coffa, OWF General Secretary