Sadly this will also be his last for Team PNG. Raymond stepped onto the Olympic mat as a first Papua New Guinean Judoka in the 2012 London Olympics and 3 years later, jeis on another Olympic voyage, this time for Rio de Janeiro.Currently ranked 122 in the world and competing in the 66kg division, Ovinou will be Team PNG’s lone Judo representative to Rio.He is currently in Japan for training until the lead up to the South American qualifier-Panam Open in Argentina in March.In April he will also be fighting for merits in Canberra, Australia.For Judo the qualifiers are assessed through merit points that through participating in recognized competitions.The more points you have the greater chance you have of qualifying.He is currently ranked third in his division in Oceania. which placed him in a better position to qualify on merit because on each continent they have a quota of number of athletes that can qualify from that continent and Raymond is looking good on merit.He still has two fights that may still determine his condition but looks confident enough on merit to qualify for the second and final Olympic show.
Via.com has announced the launch of the second edition of its Biggest Online Travel Sale (BOTS 2.0).The five-day long second edition of BOTS would focus on travel bookings for the upcoming Winter Holiday season and beyond. BOTS 2.0, which began on November 16, would provide attractive offers and big discounts on flights, hotels, and holiday packages.This is a first-of-its-kind omni channel sale. BOTS 2.0 is not just available on its website, mobile site and mobile app but also at over 75,000 Via agents’ outlets and at over 5,000 corporate partners.Commenting on the launch of the sale, Swaminathan Vedaranyam, CEO, VIA said, “After the phenomenal response from the customers and partners during the first edition of BOTS, we are delighted to launch the second edition of BOTS. The core DNA of our company is to add value to the user’s experience. With BOTS 2.0, we are giving them a larger platform to explore various exclusive deals across all our channels.”Via.com has partnered with leading airlines and hotels to provide some exclusive deals for BOTS 2.0, which include a free upgrade to business class on Vistara, return ticket to Dubai at Rs 9000 from Etihad Airways, exclusive fares to Singapore from Scoot Airlines and other interesting discounts from Oman Air, Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines. The company has also tied up with Mobikwik as its wallet partner to provide extra 10% cashback during the Sale.