18 Jul 2018

Sport: Taufatofua seeks to make waves at third Olympics

2:47 pm on 18 July 2018

After "breaking the internet" in Rio and racing down the slopes of Pyeongchang, Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua has plans to make another big splash at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 34-year-old first made global headlines with a shirtless entrance as Tonga's flagbearer at the 2016 Summer Games, a feat he repeated at the Winter Games in South Korea earlier this year.

Pictures of the half-naked athlete went viral, prompting his claim to have broken the internet.

Pita Taufatofua leads the Tonga team into the stadium in Rio de Janiero.

Pita Taufatofua during the Rio Olympics opening ceremony. Photo: Photosport

After representing his country in taekwondo and cross-country skiing, Pita Taufatofua said he planned to take up another sport in time for Tokyo 2020.

"One of the biggest things I do is I set dreams which are impossible and then find a way to get there," he said.

"On the 20th of August I will be releasing what that new sport will be and if and when I can achieve that then I will hopefully be the first male in history to do three completely different Olympic sports in three different arenas."

While he didn't want to give the game away just yet, Taufatofua confirmed his new sporting discipline would involve water.

Morocco's Samir Azzimani (L) congratulates Tonga's Pita Taufatofua after he crossed the finish line during the men's 15km cross country freestyle at the Alpensia cross country ski centre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 16, 2018 in Pyeongchang.  / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

Tonga's Pita Taufatofua crosses the finish line during the men's 15km cross country freestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo: AFP or licensors

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