2019 Pacific Games in Samoa off to a great start

The Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games officially opened on Sunday evening at Apia Park Stadium with a three-hour celebration of Samoan culture showcasing dance, legends and sport. With more than 5000 athletes and team officials from the 24 participating countries, including New Zealand for only the second time ever, it is the biggest Pacific Games in history.

 

 

 

The Pacific Games will be held in Apia, Samoa from the 7-20 July, rehearsals for the ceremony began in early 2019.

 

Prime Minister of Samoa, the Honourable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, gave the opening keynote address, speaking of the "catalysing impact of sport".

 

He thanked the Pacific Games Organising Committee, sponsors, volunteers, and workers who "have worked very hard over the past 14 months to make this day a success".

 

"I applaud the dedication of our public service, government corporations, private sector and especially our people who have risen to the occasion. You have exceeded all expectations."

 

Team Papua New Guinea, host of the 2015 Games, led the athletes into Apia Park.

 

PNG has 376 athletes, competing in 25 of the 27 sports. Samoa are the only country competing in all 27 sports over the next two weeks, with the Games' biggest delegation of 506 athletes in stark contrast to the Marshall Islands, with just 28.


Sports included in the Pacific Games:


Archery

Athletics

Badminton

Basketball

Beach Volleyball

Boxing

Cricket

Football

Golf

Judo

Lawn Bowls

Netball

Powerlifting

Rugby Sevens

Rugby League Nines

Sailing

Shooting

Squash

Swimming

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

Tennis

Touch Rugby

Triathlon

Va’a

Volleyball

Weightlifting

 

The Games begin today Monday 8 July with 11 sports and the first medal event - open water swimming, with Tahiti and New Caledonia winning the first gold medals of the Games.


Tahiti’s Rahiti De Vos and New Caledonian Charlotte Robin took out the men's and women's open water swimming event respectively.

 

08/07/19