Pacific Games 2023: Schedule, Participating Countries, Where to watch?

Officially called the XVII Pacific Games, the pacific games 2023 is a continental multi-sport competition for countries and territories in Oceania that will take place in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from November 19 to December 2, 2023.

Pacific Games 2023

The 17th edition of the Pacific Games 2023, which will take place in the Solomon Islands from November 19 to December 2, 2023, will be the first time the nation has hosted Oceanian continental games.

Four sports have competitions starting on November 17, two days before the Opening Ceremony on November 19.

Host City  Honiara
Country  Solomon Islands
Motto Challenge, Celebrate, Unite
Nations 24 (expected)
Events 332 in 24 sports
Opening 19 November 2023
Closing 2 December 2023

24 teams—22 members of the Pacific Games Council and invited teams from Australia and New Zealand—representing the nations and territories of the area will compete in 346 events across 27 sports disciplines

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Due to worries that they would win every event, the latter two did not compete at the Pacific Games until 2015. For this reason, both of the biggest sports organizations still do not send whole teams to the Pacific Games.

Athletes to Watch at the Pacific Games 2023 in Solomon Islands

The history of the Pacific Games has been dominated by athletes from New Caledonia, a French territory in the Pacific whose athletes would represent France in most major international contests. 

While traditional sporting giants Australia and New Zealand are sending smaller teams, they will still be expected to perform well. Fijian athletes are also ones to watch out for.

Athletes competing include two-time Olympian Sally Yee from Fiji in table tennis, two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Tyack in archery from Australia, and two-time Commonwealth Games boxing silver medallist Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali from Samoa. 

Fiji’s women’s rugby sevens team won bronze in Tokyo 2020. A Paris 2024 quota spot will be awarded to the gold medalists in the mixed team archery event as well as the winners of each of the 13 boxing weight divisions. 

As National Olympic Committees have the ultimate power for the representation of their individual countries at the Olympic Games, athletes’ participation at the Paris Games rests on their NOC picking them to speak on behalf of their delegation in 2024 in Paris.

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Schedule of Sports Competitions at 2023 Pacific Games

  • Opening Ceremony: 19 November
  • Archery: 21–24 November
  • Athletics: 27 November–2 December
  • Basketball: 17–25 November
  • Basketball 3X3: 29 November–2 December
  • Beach Volleyball: 28 November–2 December
  • Bodybuilding: 27 November
  • Boxing: 28 November–2 December
  • Football: 17 November–2 December
  • Golf: 22–25 November
  • Hockey: 28 November–1 December
  • Judo: 20–21 November
  • Karate: 23–24 November
  • Kayak: 27–30 November
  • Netball: 27 November–2 December
  • Powerlifting: 28–30 November
  • Rugby League Nines: 20–22 November
  • Rugby Sevens (Union): 23–25 November
  • Sailing: 20 November–2 December
  • Swimming: 20–25 November
  • Table Tennis: 20–25 November
  • Taekwondo: 28–29 November
  • Tennis: 17–30 November
  • Touch Rugby: 27 November–2 December
  • Triathlon: 29 November–1 December
  • Va’a (outrigger canoe): 27 November–1 December
  • Volleyball: 17–25 November
  • Weightlifting: 20–24 November
  • Closing Ceremony: 2 December

How to Watch the 2023 Pacific Games?

A list of the chosen broadcasters for the Sol2023 Games is as follows:

  • Australia – SBS, NITV
  • Solomon Islands – SIBC TV, TTV
  • New Caledonia, Tahiti (French Polynesia), Wallis and Futuna – France Televisions
  • Papua New Guinea – NBC
  • Fiji – Fiji TV
  • Samoa – SBC TV1
  • Vanuatu – VBTC
  • Tonga – Tonga Broadcasting Corporation

How Many Countries Participate in the South Pacific Games?

It is anticipated that twenty-two Pacific Games Associations (PGA) and two Associate members, Australia and New Zealand, will make up the 24 countries and territories that will take part.

How Many times has Australia taken part in the Pacific Games?

Though Australia will only be competing in the Pacific Games for the third time, Sol2023 will mark the event’s 17th edition.

First extended in 2015 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to Australia and New Zealand, the invitation was extended again in 2019 when Samoa hosted the Oceanian continental Games.

The Pacific Games were held for the first time in 1963 in Fiji.

What is Australia’s Biggest Medal tally at the Pacific Games?

Australia’s biggest medal total ever came home from the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, where the country won 56 medals (33 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze).

The Australians dominated all 15 taekwondo competitions, including a resounding victory in the women’s individual golds.

42 competitors in all, representing six different sports, represented Australia. There will be a record 72 Australian competitors at the 2023 Games. 

In their first Pacific Games, the Australian team won 17 gold medals out of a total of 47 medals in 2015.

Australia has competed in two Pacific Games and has won 103 medals overall (50 gold).

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