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Tongan flag bearer to reveal new sport

Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Pita Taufatofua of Tonga stands on stage during the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

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Pita Taufatofua, the shirtless, oiled-up Tongan flag bearer who went viral at the Olympics in Rio and PyeongChang, said he will announce a switch to a new sport “within the next two months” and hopes to announce it on Olympic Day on June 23 in Tonga.

“What I’m going to present is a sport that’s much more aligned with being a Tongan and being a Pacific Islander,” Taufatofua said on Australian radio Thursday. “It’s aligned with the water, the sea. So, wait and see.”

Taufatofua said in PyeongChang, after finishing in 114th place in a cross-country skiing race, that he was planning to pursue a new sport “in the water” when asked about a potential Tokyo 2020 appearance.

Taufatofua made his Olympic debut in taekwondo in Rio, losing his opening match by mercy rule.

Taufatofua also said on Australian radio on Thursday that he is coming out with a book (an ebook, according to his Instagram).

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