The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) has officially announced that local elite boxer, Falaniko Tauta has qualified to represent American Samoa during the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina. According to President of the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF), Paepaetele Mapu Jamias, Tauta will be the first local fighter to represent the territory at the Youth Olympics. ....Following the International Training Competition in Australia last year, the AIBA tested Tauta's skills by giving him the chance to compete against top elite fighters from around the Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia during the Oceania Championships held in Samoa earlier this year in May. Tauta took home the bronze medal but still got the ok to move on to the Youth Olympics. While Tauta’s preparations for the Youth Olympics continues, the huge issue before the ASBF right now is a source of funding to pay for Tauta and his coaching staff to travel to Argentina. Tauta’s longtime coach, Sala Sanele Etuale, along with ASBF vice president, Okesene Malala, who is the first American Samoan to hold a 2-Star Coach Certificate from AIBA, are currently working to assist Tauta with his preparations for the Olympics. American Samoa to be represented at Youth Olympics for first time in boxing This is from May 31st. Good on him.