30 Jul 2016

Sport: Tongan athletes receive financial boost

10:28 am on 30 July 2016

Tonga's Olympic athletes have received a financial boost in the lead up to next month's Rio Games, after a diplomatic gesture.

The boost comes out of an initiative from the kingdom's honorary consul in Sydney.

Earlier this year Louise Waterhouse celebrated her 60th birthday but in lieu of gifts she asked her party guests, including members of the Tongan royal family, to donate to the Olympic team instead.

Approximately $US5,500 raised, the Tongan delegation said the seven athletes would receive over $500 in extra weekly allowances during the 17 day sporting event.

The money will be presented to the team on their arrival in Rio.

Tonga's Olympic President Lord Tupou has expressed his appreciation for the gesture.