Weightlifters Toua and Morea settling in well pre-Olympics: Coffa

Dika Toua

Papua New Guinea Olympics hopefuls, weightlifters Dika Toua and Morea Baru have both settled in well in Melbourne, Australia for their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games in July.

Oceania Weightlifting Federation General-Secretary and coach Paul Coffa said that both lifters arrived in Australia three weeks ago after spending two weeks in quarantine in Brisbane.

“Both of them have settled down quite well at the institute gym in Dromana – Melbourne and they are lucky that they have accommodation within a few kilometres from the gym,” he said.

“The PNG Olympic Committee should be congratulated in organising the accommodation so close to the gym.”

He told the Post-Courier that both Toua and Baru are now with him and are fit, they have been able to recover quickly; and they are training extremely hard in preparation for the Olympics.

“I will make sure that both of them will compete early July prior to the Olympics in order to ascertain their level in the run up to the games; I am confident that both lifters will be at their peak by Tokyo,” said Coffa.