VIDEO:Tongan Olympian receives warm welcome

A pōhiva kakala performed by the Tonga High School students produced a euphoric mood in the crowd as the school welcomed Tonga’s Olympic Taekwando star Pita Taufatofua.

During the welcoming event a stirring song was performed by the students while Taufatofua and others were sitting at the front facing the singers.

“Do a little dance”, Taufatofua was overhead as saying on a video purported to record the event.

He then left his seat and walked towards the students before he started dancing to the song. This was met with a tremendous cheer and laughter from the audience.

He later wrote on Facebook and said: “I gave them a 15 minute speech about relentlessly pursuing your Dreams and they gave me something soo much more memorable!”

I gave them a 15 minute speech about relentlessly pursuing your Dreams and they gave me something soo much more memorable! #TongaHighSchool-KiheLeleiTaha #SpecialCheer

Posted by Pita Taufatofua on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The 32-year-old from HaÊ»apai won gold in the over 80kg class at last month’s Oceania Qualifying tournament to seal his place at the Rio Olympics and he is the first Tongan to qualify for the Rio Olympic in August.

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