The weightlifter from the tiny Central Pacific island nation of Kiribati boogied on down after finishing sixth in the 105kg event on Tuesday.
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Scientists predict climate change could have “a catastrophic effect” on his home nation’s 21 inhabited islands in the near future, so the 32-year-old said he wanted to use his time in the spotlight to focus attention on the issue.
“Most people don’t know where Kiribati is,” Katoatau, whose family home was once destroyed in a cyclone, told Reuters.
“I want people to know more about us so I use weightlifting, and my dancing, to show the world,” he added.
He wrote in a global appeal in 2015 that he didn’t know how long it’ll be until his entire nation, which has a population of around 100,000, is under water.
“We don’t have the resources to save ourselves,” Katoatau added in the letter.
While using his status to aim attention on climate change, it’s clear he’s also having an absolute blast in Brazil ― having previously won hearts with his enthusiastic entrance as flag carrier during the Opening Ceremony.
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