21st November 08:19 AM
Tonga's bare‑chested flag-bearer given warm reception at the Winter Olympics
By Lena Reece
Saturday 10/02/2018
Tonga's bare‑chested flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua [Photo: Reuters]

Tonga's bare‑chested flag-bearer for its one‑man Winter Olympics team was given a warm reception by the opening ceremony crowd in sub‑zero temperatures.

Pita Taufatofua emerged from the tunnel covered in his trademark body oil and wearing a grass skirt, sandals and a huge smile as he led the Tongan delegation around the arena.

The Oceania gold medallist in taekwondo made global headlines in 2016 with a shirtless entrance as the country's flagbearer at the Rio Olympics.

The 34-year-old is the second Tongan athlete ever to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

Source: Radio NZ

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