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Former Barramundi No. 43-Tuku "Thunder" Raka Passes On

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By Indi Sumba         SportsTok Magazine | Issue #79

Cricket Papua New Guinea on March 29th 2020 lost one of its former great in PNG Barramundis No. 43 Tuku Raka.

Late Tuku’s cricket career started following the footsteps of his father Raku Tuku

In domestic competition, Tuku played for the Hoods Cricket Club both in Lae-Morobe Province and Port Moresby, the nation’s capital. He debuted in the national side in 1986 in his early 20s during the ICC tournament in Birmingham-England. Tuku was known as THUNDER - due to his pace and performances. He is one of only 4 players who represented the country in 5 ICC Trophy Tournaments- from 1986 to 2001.The other, Kota Ilaraki also from Keapara in the Rigo District of Central Province passed away in 2017, Late Vavine Pala from Hula Village, Rigo District, Central Province and Tau Au from Hanuabada, Motuan village in the National Capital District.

“Sport is not something that brings back richness but gives you the opportunity to find something better in life. For me, athletics gives me better life and travel around the world and meeting other athletes.
“For the younger generation, put education first then sports second,” Wisil said.
The Pacific Sprint Queen expressed herself quietly in 100m, 400m and 200m and won the medals that would be her memories before announcing her retirement.
But we have to wait and see when she calls her day and young Leoine Beu grow from strength to strength.
While on the other field and track events, PNG’s Simbai Kaspar achieved a memorable day after receiving Gold medal in the 3000m men’s steeplechase.
It was a clean sweep for the Team PNG that won Gold, Silver and Bronze. Chimbu’s Kaspar gone with Gold while countrymen Sapolai Yao got silver and Andipas Georasi bagged bronze.
Also in men’s 4x400m relay, PNG’s Benjamin Aliel, Emmanuel Wanga and Shadrick Tansi and Daniel Baul came out strong against other rivals to claim the Gold.

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