• Luge hopeful qualifies as Tonga’s first winter Olympian


    WELLINGTON:Tonga’s Bruno Banani has qualified as the Pacific nation’s first ever winter Olympian, the International Luge Federation (FIL) said on Tuesday, in an achievement every bit as remarkable as Jamaica’s famous bobsled team. Banani, who hails from a tropical archipelago famed for its sunshine and white sandy beaches, will head for the frigid Russian resort of Sochi next year after finishing 28th out of 42 starters at a World Cup meet in Park City, Utah, comfortably making the top 38 cut-off needed to qualify, the FIL said.


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