XVII Pacific Games
Official logo of the Games
Host cityHoniara
Country Solomon Islands
Nations participating24 (expected)
Events24 sports
Opening ceremony19 November
Closing ceremony1 December
Pape'ete 2027 →

The 2023 Pacific Games, officially known as the XVII Pacific Games, is a continental multi-sport event with participation exclusively from archipelagic countries around the Pacific Ocean that is scheduled to be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands between 19 November to 2 December 2023.[1] This will be the first time the Solomon Islands would host the Games. The event was originally scheduled for July 16 to 29 of 2023. However, in July 2021, the Games organizers requested a date change due to delays in preparation for the games caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.[2]

Host selection

Two countries expressed interest and launched bids for the 17th games. Tahiti, French Polynesia, which hosted the event in 1971 and 1995, was the first to express their intentions in hosting the 2023 Games during the Pacific Games Council (PGC) General Assembly in Port Moresby in July 2015. The other bidder, the Solomon Islands, in 2016 expressed interest with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare launching the country's bid for a potential first time host of the quadrennial event.[3] On 11 May 2016, during the PGC General Assembly in Port Vila, with the decision taken by the 22 members of the PGC awarded the hosting rights to the Solomon Islands. The margin of victory was reportedly a single vote.[4]

2023 Pacific Games bidding results
City PGA Final Votes
Honiara  Solomon Islands 12
Pape'ete French Polynesia Tahiti, French Polynesia 10

Development and preparation

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Participating nations

It is expected that 24 countries and territories are to participate: the 22 Pacific Games Association's (PGA), New Zealand, and Australia.

Sports

As amended in the Pacific Games charter in Apia, Samoa, 14 July 2019 the programme of the Pacific Games shall consist of a maximum 24 sports.[5][6] The following sports are scheduled for the games:

References

  1. ^ "Solomon Islands awarded 2023 Pacific Games". insidethegames.biz. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Pacific Games in 2023 delayed by four months after Solomon Islands request more time". insidethegames.biz. 10 July 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Solomon Islands to challenge Tahiti for right to host 2023 Pacific Games". insidethegames.biz. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Solomon Islands awarded 2023 Pacific Games". insidethegames.biz. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Pacific Games Council" (PDF 705 KB). Pacific Games Council. 14 July 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  6. ^ "SOL2023 PACIFIC GAMES MASTER PLAN" (PDF 747 KB). National Hosting Authority - Sol2023. Retrieved 17 June 2021.