Pacific Games

Let The Games Begin! 16th Pacific Games Opens Samoa Style

With fewer than two years to prepare after Tonga officially withdrew from hosting, Samoa pulled off a show that left everyone Samoan feeling proud and humble at the same time.
08 Jul 2019 17:20
Let The Games Begin! 16th Pacific Games Opens Samoa Style
National football captain Roy Krishna leads Team Fiji into the opening ceremony of the 2019 Pacific Games at Apia Park Stadium, Samoa on July 7, 2019.

Samoa proved last night that the impossible was possible.

And the 16th Pacific Games was rightly dubbed the miracle games.

With fewer than two years to prepare after Tonga officially withdrew from hosting, Samoa pulled off a show that left everyone Samoan feeling proud and humble at the same time.

What made it even more special was the rain and thunderstorm that started after 2pm yesterday all ceased at least an hour before the official opening at 6.30pm.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made a point to thank God for providing for Samoa’s miracle game.

Team Fiji contingent led by flag bearer Roy Krishna during the opening of the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa on July 7, 2019. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

Team Fiji contingent led by flag bearer Roy Krishna during the opening of the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa on July 7, 2019. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

Even the last minute pull out on Friday by the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa of more than 200 of their college students from the opening ceremony is another miracle in itself.

Students from Catholic schools filled in.

Samoa Airways employee Salafa Faonatoi said she was impressed by the performance of the students and the fireworks that followed.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Rotuman sisters, Pearl and Rosemary Mario who are in Samoa on holiday, said they could not believe that the Games only took two years to prepare.

“We loved every aspect of it.”

Development partners, China, Australia, New Zealand and regional organization were acknowledged for their input and efforts.

Team Fiji flag bearer Roy Krishna (in traditional costume) and chef de mission Patrick Bower before the   opening of the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa on July 7, 2019. Photo: FASANOC

Team Fiji flag bearer Roy Krishna (in traditional costume) and chef de mission Patrick Bower before the
opening of the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa on July 7, 2019. Photo: FASANOC

GAMES FACTS

Meanwhile the Pacific Games council confirmed that 5,000 athletes and team officials will be participating in Samoa over the next two weeks, making it the biggest Games.

The Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games is staging 27 sports and hosting athletes from 24 countries

Edited by Osea Bola

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