Former Fiji weightlifter Tulo hopeful of representing Vanuatu in future

Former champion Fiji weightlifter Manueli Tulo is hoping to represent Vanuatu in the future.

The two-time Olympian was at the recent Pacific Games as the Vanuatu weightlifting coach for a three-member team.

 “I would like to thank the Vanuatu Government for giving me this opportunity to come back and help them for this Pacific Games,” Tulo told the Fiji Times.

“It is because of my descendants they are from Vanuatu, from Saranabuka, Amabe. I’m very lucky, very fortunate, very humbled to be given the opportunity to come back and give something back to the sport of weightlifting, the sport that I love,” he said.

The 29 year-old says he will always have Fiji at heart.

“I was born in Fiji and my heart is always been with Fiji. It’s really sad but it’s something that I always want to do in the future, I know that they’ve approached me in 2010 to come and compete for them.”

Tulo adds he is yet to obtain a Vanuatu passport which may allow him to compete for Vanuatu as an athlete.