Tonga grabbed another historic event when they were called to represent Oceania region to the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires.
Tonga pulled out in Group C with Trindad n Tobago, Thailand, Spain and Bolivia.
The Head of Women’s Football, Adelaide Tu’ivailala said, “This is a milestone for sports in Tonga and for football as well as this is the first team ever in this age group to qualify such an internationally recognized and worldwide competition.”
“The team members and Tonga are expected to gain tremendous benefits such as learn from top athletes from different parts of the world, also they will experience competition on the world stage,” she added.
“Well participating in this competition maybe a baseline for Tongan team members to choose Futsal as a sporting career in the future.”
This is a trip of a lifetime for the girls as they will expose to a bigger arena in Futsal plus they will learn from different cultures of other participants. This is a huge contribution to tourism in Tonga by exposing Tongan culture in Argentina and to different countries in the world.”
The draw ceremony was conducted by Jaime Yarza, Head of FIFA Tournaments, and Marion Mayer-Vorfelder, Head of FIFA’s Olympic Football Tournament Group. Also taking part were Roberto Ayala, the former captain of Argentina’s men’s national football team, and Argentina women’s futsal international Sol Dominguez.
The two competitions will kick off on 7 October, with the women’s coming to an end on 17 October and the men’s a day later.
Tu’ivailala was in Buenos Aires to participate in the workshop also the official draw for the men’s and women’s youth Olympic Futsal Tournament to find who they will be facing in the group phases.
Tonga team is scheduled to travel to Buenos Aires on the 5th of October 2018.