South Pacific Games

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The South Pacific Games (French: Jeux du Pacifique), is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from Oceania. The inaugural Games took place in 1963 in Suva, Fiji.

History[edit | edit source]

Concept[edit | edit source]

The idea of holding the South Pacific Games originated with Dr A.H. Sahu Khan who was one of Fiji's representatives at a meeting of the South Pacific Commission held at Rabaul during 1959. The idea was adopted and led to a meeting of nine Territories, held in Nouméa during March 1961, which awarded Fiji the honour of hosting the very first Games.

Creation[edit | edit source]

During 1962, the South Pacific Commission founded the South Pacific Games Council, with the first ever Games being held at Suva, Fiji. As a residual consequence of the European colonisation of the Pacific from the early part of the 18th Century onwards, many nations who participated in the first Games (of 1963) were under predominantly British or French territorial rule. Understandably this generated a certain amount of confusion as both British and French flags and national anthems dominated proceedings and were occasionally used together for winning countries.

List of Pacific Games[edit | edit source]

Editions[edit | edit source]

Overview of the Pacific Games
Year Edition Host city Host Association Sports Events Teams Start date End date Competitors Top Association
1963 I Suva Fiji Fiji 10 58 13 29 Aug. 8 Sep. 646 Fiji Fiji

External links[edit | edit source]

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