If gold medals were handed out for dancing in Olympics then David Katoatau would be an Olympic champion.
The weightlifter from the Pacific island of Kiribati thrilled the crowd at the Rio Olympics with his humorous dance following each of his lifts in the men’s 105 kg B Group on Monday(August 15).
Now before anyone assumes that the dancing moves were just for fun then let us tell you that the weightlifter does those moves for a special purpose. Katoatau’s dance moves first rose to prominence at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the routine is now something of a trademark. He performs the moves to raise awareness of climate change and its effect on Pacific nations.
“Most people don’t know where Kiribati is,’ Katoatau told Reuters.
“I want people to know more about us so I use weightlifting, and my dancing, to show the world.
“I wrote an open letter to the world last year to tell people about all the homes lost to rising sea levels. I don’t know how many years it will be before it sinks.”
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