The Solomon Islands has today (Wednesday) landed the rights to host the 2023 Pacific Games after a closely fought contest with Tahiti.
The Pacific Games Council’s General Assembly voted in favour of the Solomon Islands for its showpiece multi-sport event by one vote over Tahiti, which also lost out to Tonga in the final vote for the 2019 Games. The Solomon Islands government had pledged to build a new national stadium in the capital city Honiara if it won the hosting rights.
President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, said, according to the RadioNZ website: “Solomon Islands had their Prime Minister, their Deputy Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Deputy Mayor. I don't think anybody was left back at home but they were here in full force. They did a pretty good presentation and were able to convince the General Assembly that we should meet in Honiara in 2023.”
Solomon Islands will be the eighth country to host the full Pacific Games, after Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Samoa, Guam and Tonga.
The Games are held every four years and most recently took place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from July 4-18 last year. The 2015 Games saw Australia and New Zealand compete for the first time.