Watch: Tonga's Oiled Flag Bearer Returns in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Ceremony

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday July 23, 2021

Pita Taufatofua, of Tonga, walks during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Pita Taufatofua, of Tonga, walks during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  

Tonga's Pita Taufatofua made a triumphant return to his post as the country's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic games.

In all his glistening glory, Taufatofua is competing in taekwondo this year, but he's already won the hearts of millions. Recently, he's been sharing work out tips on Instagram to stay in Olympic shape while the summer games were delayed.

"Like past Olympic opening ceremonies, he wore a traditional Tongan outfit and left his torso bare," reported Mashable.


It is Taufatofua's third consecutive Olympic appearance, competing in taekwondo in 2016 before qualifying for the 2018 Winter Games in cross-country skiing.

About his post as flag bearer, Taufatofua shared: "When we're walking out, we're representing a country. We're not representing 80 years of history, we have to represent hundreds and hundreds of years of history," he said. "Maybe it's a time for everyone in the world to listen to what us native and cultural people have had to offer."

In true Olympic game style, this year Taufatofua had some competition in the glistening hunk category from Vanuatu's flag bearer Riilio Rii.


But with this much hunkiness competing for gold, everyone wins! Watch it all go down below.