Pita Taufatofua, the Tongan flag bearer recognized for his shirtless marches on this 12 months’s Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony and within the 2016 Summer Games, is competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with rather more on his thoughts than sport.
Taufatofua mentioned on Facebook Tuesday (native time) that he had but to listen to from household and associates after a tropical cyclone tore by means of his homeland.
“Things like this actually put life and what’s necessary in life into perspective,” he wrote. “I want I could possibly be there proper now to assist.”
Cyclone Gita slammed the South Pacific nation on Monday with the drive of a class four hurricane, damaging “numerous properties” and injuring dozens of individuals, Weather.com reported. The storm additionally knocked out energy and water service.
He earlier despatched “prayers” via Facebook as Gita bore down on the island nation.
Taufatofua, who misplaced within the first spherical of taekwondo on the 2016 Summer Olympics, is competing as a heavy underdog in cross-country snowboarding on the Winter Games after qualifying principally by means of roller-ski occasions.