‘Shirtless Tongan’ Pita Taufatofua leads country during Parade of Nations


TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 23: Flag bearers Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua of Team Tonga lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(NBC Olympics) — Pita Taufatofua, otherwise known simply as the ‘Shirtless Tongan’ by many after serving as Tonga’s flagbearer at the Rio Olympics, led Tonga during the Parade of Nations once again for the Tokyo Olympics.

Taufatofua, 37, will be competing in taekwondo again for Tonga after competing in the Olympic taekwondo competition in 2016.

Taufatofua also served as Tonga’s flagbearer during the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018, when he competed in cross-country skiing. More recently, he attempted to qualify for kayaking during the Oceania Olympic qualifier.

This summer’s Olympic taekwondo competition begins Friday, July 23 and runs through Tuesday, July 27.

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