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Olympic Games schedule for Tonga’s athletes

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

At Fua'amotu International Airport, Tongan sprinter Ronald Fotofili (centre right), his coach Siueni Filimone and TASANOC Secretary General Takitoa Taumoepeau depart for the Tokyo Olympics. Wishing them well, was Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale 'Akau'ola, on Tuesday 20 July 2021.

Photos by Eleanor Gee

Six Tongan athletes will take part at the Tokyo Olympics, starting with the opening ceremony, at 8:00pm Japan time, which will be shown on local TV in Tonga on 23 July (midnight Tongan time).

With entry to Japan banned from 159 countries (except for athletes, support staff and media), people around the world will be following their teams progress on television, with 33 sports being represented in 339 events.

In Tonga, Digicel CEO Anthony Seuseu said that Digicel TV and their PlayGo app would be broadcasting the latest sports news and coverage from the Olympic Games.

“The PlayGo app lets users cast from their mobile device to their TV or any other big screen.... For the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the app will have three dedicated live channels,” he said.

“Across our Digicel countries we have a number of athletes participating, and we want to wish them all the best in the games," said Anthony.

Schedule of events for Tonga's athletes

The Olympic Games runs from July 23 to August 8. Below is a schedule of events for Tonga's athletes, compiled by Matangi Tonga from the Olympic listings.





Japan Time

Tongan time

Saturday, 24 July


Amini Fonua

100m Breaststroke

8:55pm – 9:10pm

(Sun) 12:55am – 1:10am

Monday, 26 July


Malia Paseka


10:00am – 1:30pm

2:00pm – 5:30pm

Tuesday, 27 July


Pita Taufatofua


10:00am – 5pm

2:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday, 30 July


Noelani Day

50m Freestyle

7:24pm – 7:46pm

11:24pm – 11:46pm

Saturday, 31 July


Ronald Fotofili

100m sprint

11:35am – 11:59pm

3:35pm – 3:59pm

Monday, 2 August


Kuinini Manumu’a