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Dika Toua eyes 2016 Rio Olympics

Staff Reporter 8/11/2014 | | | |
DIKA Toua is now eyeing the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, and her last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, two years after Rio. Then its retirement time for the Hanuabada pocket dynamo.
She said that before leaving yesterday for Nanjiing, China, with Team PNG’s contingent for the Summer Youth Olympics.
Toua, who is the head coach of the two junior weightlifters to that event, said while retirement is not in her mind at the moment, she is thinking of calling it quits after the 2018 Gold Coast Games.
“Right now I am looking forward to the Olympics in Rio, which I will come back from China and head straight back to training,” the golden girl said.
“Maybe I hang up my weights in 2018 but really I want to represent the country. Maybe age would be a problem but I am willing to take a gamble,” the 30-year-old said.
Toua admitted she had not spent quality time with her family after arriving back in the country on Friday but said it will all be quality time for family and training back in the country when she returns from China.
Toua will be 34 when she attempts her last Commonwealth Games but said she will see. “I am not thinking any babies at this stage so I can pursue my sporting career,” Toua said with a laugh.
She said maybe after 2018 she would seriously think of another baby.
Partner Mavara Gavera Tamasi said another baby at this stage would not be in his wife’s best interest as she had to pursue her other goals now and that is Rio Olympics.
Toua’s partner and three-year-old daughter Ani Geau Gavera was at the Jackson’s International airport to see her off again.
The golden girl runs her own gymnasium back at her Hanuabada village.
While the welcome and congratulatory messages had been overwhelming, Toua said she was blessed and thanked the people of Papua New Guinea. ONE PNG/The National

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