Minister of Sports says Gold Medal Lifters Should be Rewarded

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23 June 2019, Apia Samoa. Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Solamalemalo Keneti
Sio says the two lifters who received gold medals at the Youth Championships in Suva Fiji earlier this month should be rewarded.

18 year old Don Opeloge and 20 year old Feagaiga
Stowers received gold medals from the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation Junior World Championships.

Opeloge scooped up two gold medals for his total and clean and jerk in the 89 kg men category as well as the overall best male lifter while Stowers won gold in the +87 kg Women snatch, and silver in both the clean and jerk and total competition.

Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, Loau said his recommendation is now before Cabinet.

“O la ua uma ona pasi le pepa i le kapeneta,

“O la fo’i ua fa’ailoa atu ai tulaga uma lava ae maise lava o lo’o manino mai lava i aiaiga a le malo ma le FK faiga fa’avae o ta’aloga ae maise ai latou e fa’amanuiaina i tausinoga;

“O le mea e tatau ona fai ia maua se la’ua fa’amanuiaga e tusa ai fo’i ma le la’ua tautiga ma le lotonuu.

“Leiloa po’o le kapeneta i le vaiaso nei o le a iloa ai le tulaga ae o lena.”

According to the Cabinet Directive (FK Faaiuga Kapeneta) individuals who win a gold medal from a World Championship tournament will receive
$20,000.

The same FK also confirms $20,000 tala for securing a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.


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