Dika a medal hopeful in Delhi

Normal, Sports


OLYMPIAN Dika Toua could be in line for a medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games scheduled for Oct 3-14 in New Delhi, India if she returns to training.
The 2006 Commonwealth Games silver medalist has not been training after having her first child a year ago.
Toua’s former coach Paul Coffa of Oceania Weightlifting Training Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia said the Hanuabada pocket dynamo has a big chance of winning a medal.
“I just received the Commonwealth ranking list and Dika still could make it if she trains like she used to,” Coffa told The National via an email.
Toua’s mentor Douglas Mea, said there was a high possibility that the former PNG champion woman lifter would return to training.
She has not been in contact with the PNG Weightlifting Federation or the PNG Sports Federation regarding her future in weightlifting.
Coffa, who played a great part in moulding Toua into a champion lifter, said he was hoping that the PNG Sports Federation or weightlifting talk her into returning to weightlifting.
Toua has set the standard in women weightlifting in PNG, and she was closely followed by her two Hanubada colleagues Rita Kari and Kathleen Hare.
Coffa also heap praise for Toua’s successors Kari and Hare.
Both athletes are also top class lifters.
He made no prejudice that the PNG female lifters were far superior in performance than the their male counterparts as indicated on the just released 2009 Oceania and Pacific Weightlifting rankings by OWTC.
Coffa said the men’s ranking is down because they were no longer competing internationally.
In the Oceania ranking,  Hare finished second in her division 48kg with 60kg in snatch, clean and jerk with 80kg with the overall total of 140kg which is the number one in the Pacific ranking.