Weightlifter Don Opeloge wins Samoa’s first ever Commonwealth Games Gold medal

The 23-year-old has not only won the Men’s Weightlifting 96kg category but also has set a new Commonwealth Games record.

Opeloge broke the games record in the snatch with a lift of 171kg.

He also went on to set another Commonwealth Games record and a personal best of 210kg for the clean and jerk.

Don Opeloge will be the name to remember in the sport after he lifted a total of 381kg to set the new Commonwealth Games record for the men’s 96kg category.


New Zealand announces support for Samoa’s climate change plan and rebuild of Savalolo Market

Ardern made the announcement on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between Aotearoa New Zealand and Samoa.

“I am pleased to reaffirm our commitment to Samoa — and the priorities of the Government of Samoa — as we mark this milestone in our countries’ shared history,” said Ardern.

Samoa and New Zealand mark 60th anniversary of Treaty of Friendship

Ardern is accompanied by Christopher Luxon, Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, and Minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.

The two-day visit to Samoa reflects the special nature of the relationship between the two countries as defined in that Treaty.

The treaty between the two countries was signed in 1962 two months after Samoa gained independence, after being previously administered by New Zealand since 1920.

Samoa to be represented in first ever Commonwealth Games swimming semifinal

Borg qualified in the 50m butterfly event after clocking a time of 0:27:42.

She set a new national record for Samoa in the semifinal after clocking a time of 0:27:37.

The Samoan swimmer also finished first in her 100m butterfly heat with a time of 57:53 seconds. Despite her best efforts, she was not able to advance to her second semi-final.

Borg has set a new national record in all four of her events at the Commonwealth Games – the 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay and the Freestyle Relay.



Excitement in the air as Samoa officially reopens borders to international tourists

After almost two years, Samoa officially opened its international borders.

About 200 passengers touched down in the evening on a Fiji Airways flight, the first and only flight of the day to bring in overseas travellers and team Samoa Tourism Authority presented them with gift bags upon arrival.

Inside the terminal, face coverings obscured the beaming smiles of tourism operators but cries of "talofa" (hello) and indigenous songs of celebration reverberated around the building.

31 new cases of Covid in Samoa

Of this total 30 are confirmed community cases and one confirmed case registered during this period, taking the total number of Covid-19 cases (community and border) to 15,405.

There are four patients currently isolated at the Moto’otua National Hospital and none at the Intensive Care Unit.

The ministry said it continues to implore the public to remain vigilant and adhere to public health advice from time to time.

Faoagali secures a win in his first fight in Birmingham

The 23-year-old won against Sanjeet Sanjeet of India in the Men’s over 86kg-92kg Heavyweight division.

Being defensive in the last two rounds cost reigning Asian Champion, Sanjeet dearly as Faogali came from behind to take the fixture 3-2.

After attacking in the first round, which he won by a unanimous decision, Sanjeet slipped into defensive mode to allow Faoagali Claw his way back in the contest.

Sanjeet was on the backfoot in the second round as Faoagali landed a few punches. He continued the onslaught in the third round.


2 Samoa Talks take on name change

The proposal to change the name was tabled by American Samoa Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and his administration and it was unanimously endorsed by Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa leading Samoa’s delegation.

The two-day meeting was held in American Samoa from Wednesday to Friday.

Savali newspaper reports the two-day brainstorming also approved for Samoa to host the second round of Atoa o Samoa talks in September to coincide with celebrations of Samoa’s 60th Independence Anniversary festivities.

Emotional reunions expected as Samoa's borders reopen on Monday

Hundreds of people have booked flights in the first two weeks of August and there is strong demand right through to the school holidays and Christmas season, Air NZ's Karen Gatt said.

NZ Herald reports borders will open on Monday, but the first flight - Air New Zealand NZ990 - will touch down at Faleolo International Airport the next day.

“Next Tuesday will be a significant day for the community here. I expect there will be lots of emotional welcomes and smiles at the airport,” she said.

Solomon Islands finish third at Women’s Nations Cup after Samoa’s penalty heartache

First-half goals from Samoa captain Monique Fischer and Solomons striker Jemima David meant the sides could not be separated in normal time, with the Solomon Islands winning the shootout in sudden death.

Samoa looked the more threatening early on, Monique Fischer testing Solomon Islands goalkeeper Sylvester Maenu’u.

Sariah Taeaoalii’s electric pace was causing the Solomons trouble and resulted in two great opportunities. Unfortunately for Samoa the pacey forward could only place her attempts wide of the mark.