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tuvalu

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Capital
Funafuti

Population
11,000

Independence
1978
National sports hero
Uluao Lauti (weightlifting)

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Uluao Lauti (weightlifting)

Tuvalu sent two athletes to the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998 which were their first major championships.

Medals are not a realistic proposition yet, but weightlifting is among the most popular sports on the island.

Did you know?
The only flat area of land on Tuvalu suitable for sporting activity also has to act as the island's landing strip for aircraft.

A football pitch, athletics arena and a golf course are its other uses.

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