9 Aug 2012

Sport: Turning up no longer enough for Samoa's Olympians

10:31 am on 9 August 2012

The President of Samoa's Olympic Committee says just being at the Games is no longer enough for his athletes.

The country's top medal hope in London, weightlifter Ele Opeloge, finished sixth after her Games build up was hampered by a series of illnesses.

The President of SASNOC, Tapasu Leung Wai, says despite the absence of a medal he is satisified with the competitiveness of Samoa's athletes.

"We brought athletes that have earned their right to be part of these games and I'm still happy of the number of athletes we brought - eight, competing was six. Overall we should have brought about 12 with the additional four wildcards but we sort of made the decision we should bring a competitive team and we are no longer coming just for the experience only."