Congressman Faleomavaega Eni announced that he is accompanying former heavyweight champion David “Tuaman” Tua to American Samoa today, after attending the national service in Samoa honoring the 142 people who lost their lives in the independent state from the tragic tsunami early last Tuesday.
“I am sincerely appreciative that David Tua could take time out of his schedule, to visit our territory for just a few hours, to personally offer his condolences to as many families as possible, whose loved ones had died as a result of the tsunami, and also provide moral support to the people of American Samoa, especially those who have lost homes and personal properties because of the tsunami waves,” Faleomavaega stated.
“David, despite the fact that he is rated by many as the top world heavyweight title contender after his comeback victory last weekend over Shane Cameron, was not an exempt to the tragedy. He too lost his aunt who was swept away by the powerful wave, and also some very dear friends. So his visit to Samoa was not only personal, but also to provide support and encouragement to those who are in mourning, and those who are suffering,” Faleomavaega explained.
“Here is a person who never forgets his true Samoan roots. Not only has he come home to Samoa to provide comfort to his immediate family, friends and the people of Samoa, but has graciously agreed to do the same for his people in American Samoa,” Faleomavaega elaborated.
“David also wants to take this opportunity to personally thank the people of American Samoa for their undying support right from the start of his boxing career, and especially in his successful comeback. He firmly believes in the traditional Samoan saying -- E le sili le ta’i na i lo le tapua’i -- success is not greater than the support” Faleomavaega continued.
“Tua will be in American Samoa only for a few hours as his schedule is very tight, and I am sure he will pass on to those whom he will meet reassurance, strength and faith that have defined him a true champion, not only in the ring, but as a humble yet honorable Samoan person,” Faleomavaega concluded.