The Olympics are about a lot of things. For this athlete, they are about trying to bring awareness and a sense of urgency to the threat & impact of climate change.
Despite the fact that David Katoatau did not win a medal…he brings new meaning to the words “inspiration”, “champion”, and “leader”…and offers the area of philosophy of sport something new to consider when we think about what it is and means to be an athlete of (and for) the world!
Most people don’t know where Kiribati is. I want people to know more about us so I use weightlifting, and my dancing, to show the world. I wrote an open letter to the world last year to tell people about all the homes lost to rising sea levels. I don’t know how many years it will be before it sinks. – David Katoatau