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Topless Tongan Pita Taufatofua is gearing up for yet another Olympics

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Published on May 2, 2019 - Duration: 00:52s

Topless Tongan Pita Taufatofua is gearing up for yet another Olympics

Tongan will attempt a second appearance in taekwondo, and also will try to qualify in sprint kayak

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Topless Tongan Pita Taufatofua is gearing up for yet another Olympics

SHOWS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, (MAY 1, 2019) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) PYEONGCHANG, KOREA (FEBRUARY 9, 2018) (REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY-ACCESS ALL) 1.

PITA TAUFATOFUA OF TONGA CARRIES THE NATIONAL FLAG IN THE OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONIES.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 1, 2019)(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) PITA TAUFATOFUA, TONGAN OLYMPIAN SAYING "Being an Olympian was my dream and I achieved that dream.

But now it's about what can I give to other people to help them achieve theirs.Everyone can be an Olympian in some area of their life and they don't have to be a sports person and what it is that I can present to them that helps them achieve these things for themselves." VARIOUS TONGA.

FILE ( PITA TAUFATOFUA-ACCESS ALL) 3.

PITA TAUFATOFUA TRAINING WITH ROPES NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (MAY 1, 2019)(REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) PITA TAUFATOFUA, TONGAN OLYMPIAN SAYING Reporter: "Where is your confidence level?

How well do you think you will do?" Pita Taufatofua: "12 out of 10.

One of my biggest things is a self-belief.

I have extreme self belief in myself but it's not something that's unique to me.

It's something I want to put across to people." STORY: Pita Taufatofua, the topless Tongan man who broke the internet when he went shirtless during the opening and closing ceremonies in the past two Olympics, is aiming to qualify for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

Taufatofua, in addition to trying to qualify for a second appearance in taekwondo, is attempting to also qualify in sprint kayak, which he says he took up just recently.

If successful he be the first person in the modern era to compete in three completely different Olympic sports.

Taufatofua has become the first UNICEF Pacific ambassador and made an appearance at UNICEF headquarters in New York in that capacity.

In addition to his passion for the Olympics he wants to promote greater awarness of the oceans and greater attention to the planet.

Taufatofua says his interest in kayaking comes from the canoeing and paddling traditions of his Tongan ancestors.

(Producer: Peter Bullock)

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