Tonga’s standard bearer Pita Taufatofua cemented his status as a fan favorite at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday when he entered the stadium again shirtless and smeared with oil.
Taufatofua, who competes in taekwondo, did the same at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio and two years later at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
This time, however, there was a difference.
Taufatofua wore a mask, as did all the athletes involved in the ceremony:
Hannah McKay – Billiards via Getty ImagesThe flag bearers Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua from Team Tonga lead their team during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“The Usain Bolt the standard-bearer,” says Bruce McAvaney
Pita Taufatofua has a compelling story:
– Rio Olympia 2016 Rio
– Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018
– Engineer by profession
– UNICEF ambassador
And now he’s ready to compete in Taekwondo for Tonga in Tokyo # OpeningCeremonypic.twitter.com / K5GM6JKpSM
– 7Olympics (@ 7olympics) July 23, 2021