1 Jul 2019

I took up martial arts after I was bullied - Tonga's taekwondo coach Paul Sitapa

9:31 pm on 1 July 2019

More than 3500 athletes from 24 nations in Oceania will gather in Samoa on 7 July for the Pacific Games - the biggest sporting event in the Pacific region.

Meet the Athletes is a series by Pacific Media Network that hears from some of the competitors heading to the games.

"Taekwondo is more than just martial arts, you learn to control yourself, you learn how to overcome struggles and hardships," Master Paul Sitapa, representing Tonga.

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