Tonga, the Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands, stole the show during the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Friday thanks to taekwondo fighter Pita Nikolas Taufatofua.
The internet couldn’t resist thirsting over Tonga’s Parade of Nations flag-bearer who came out bare-chested and dressed in nothing but a ta’ovala (Tongan mat) wrapped around his waist and covered with ample amounts of oil.
The 32-year-old is competing in taekwondo and is the first Tongan athlete to qualify for the sport.
Shortly before the ceremony, the Australian-born athlete took to Instagram where he hinted about “a little surprise” his fans could look forward to. “Don’t blink or you’ll miss it,” he wrote, including a wink.
Here’s how twitter handled to Taufatofua’s outfit:
— Adam Stewart, CFRE (@RAdamStewart) August 6, 2016
— SPIKES (@spikesmag) August 6, 2016
— Jesse (@ncfac) August 6, 2016
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— Sam D (@SamDickfos) August 6, 2016
Moving to Tonga. Their national dress is a six pack covered in baby oil. #OpeningCeremony
— David Morgan (@thisisdavid) August 6, 2016
My tonga's hanging out (I've got 5 more puns lined up if u hate this one) https://t.co/HGUfWmiOj9
— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) August 6, 2016
Tonga: OUR FLAG BEARER IS BETTER THAN YOUR FLAG BEARER! pic.twitter.com/MSElHCun69
— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) August 6, 2016
— Brandi (@BlondieInTX) August 6, 2016
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— Tammi (@MudflapFairy) August 6, 2016
Check out Taufatofua’s instagram below:
"Obrigado Brazil and the thousands of volunteers for the best Olympic opening ceremony ever! It was fun, bright and shinier then my coconut oil! ? This is my niece glued to the TV screen thousands of Kilometres away from Rio watching the world march together as one! And now her and millions across the planet will share in the Dream! "oku i ai ha kii fonua oku tuu i oseni" ! Muito Obrigado & Ofa atu. #Brazil #openingCeremony #weAreOne
One of the best parts of this training camp was that we got the privilege to leave a little part of Tonga and the Pacific in Thailand by planting a tree at the world class Sabai Sabai training resort ! #TakingTongaAndThePacificToTheWorld #poweredbyFaith #FueledbyREFLEX #StrengthbyBodyBuzz #kicksbyTansGC #taekwondo #gym #calisthenics #kicks #thailand #chiangmai #mma #ufc #nature #holiday #resort #tonga #pacific #brisbane #inspire #motivate #karate #trees #man #bjj #training #rio2016 #brazil #athlete
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Tonga's flag bearer appreciation tweet pic.twitter.com/kOzXcyrpcH
— #AT (@andytelasai) August 6, 2016