Tonga Sevens captain passes away after car accident

  • Tonga Men’s Sevens captain Atelea Okati has passed away following a car accident
  • Newshub reported Okati died following a car accident on December 28
  • He last played club rugby in Romania for CSM Olympia Bucharest
Captain of the Tongan Rugby Sevens team Atelea ‘Okati, has been confirmed as one of the people killed in the Veitongo crash.

The other person killed was ‘Unaloto Lepa.


Okati last played club rugby in Romania with CSM Olympia Bucharest where the team finished third in the 2015 Super CEC Bank season.

He played for CSM Olimpia Bucharest before leaving in July this year.

“When death strikes a team, there is no game plan for the pain,” CSM Olimpia Bucharest Danie de Villiers said in a statement.

“Coaches like to believe that they can prepare for anything. Tricks, injury, extreme weather, know how to react in all circumstances.

How can you put into words the emotion that you feel after receiving news so devastating?”

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