Fiji Could Bid To Host Fourth Pacific Games

Fiji has hosted three Games in 1963, 1979 and 2003, which was known then as the South Pacific Games (SPG).
09 Apr 2022 13:31
Fiji Could Bid To Host Fourth Pacific Games
Middle distance event during the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia.

Fiji is most likely to be in the bid to host its fourth Pacific Games. And this will be known in the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 25.

Fiji has hosted three Games in 1963, 1979 and 2003, which was known then as the South Pacific Games (SPG).

Last month FASANOC hosted National Federations (NFs) to its 2022 – 2028 Strategic Planning Workshop where several plans were discussed moving forward.  FASANOC chief executive officer and secretary general Lorraine Mar said they have extended the strategic planning to the 2032 Paris Olympic Games.

“We wanted to present to national federations to review what we have put together for the next edition of our strategic plan, which is 2022-2026 originally.  “But from consultation, it’s actually been changed to 2032, which is about the 2032 Olympic Games.” Asked if hosting another Pacific Games was included in the long term planning, Mar said: “I’m not in liberty to say it right now but in the Annual General meeting (AGM) you will probably hear because our own executive board will have to come to consensus plus we have to speak to the stake holders because it’s not only us that hosts but government of Fiji as well. So we would have to have that discussion.”

The advance planning is key for athlete’s preparation who would like to participate in the pinnacle of the Games.   “It’s a sort of an important milestone to keep ahead of us. Some people might say that it’s such a long time away but we remind our national federations that International Olympic Committee (IOC) has conducted research on athletes preparing for the games,” she said.

“Their (IOC) research showed that an athlete needs 10,000 hours of high level training and competition to be at that level at the Olympic Games. “For us in Fiji, our athletes are hampered by lack of facilities, high level exposure to competition and even now with the COVID-19 restrictions,” Mar added.

“It’s up to us the administrators, the national federations to come up with plans well in advance so that our athletes are able to continue with their training despite the challenges that we all face.” Meanwhile, next year’s Pacific Games will be hosted by Solomon Islands while the 2027 games will be held in Cook Islands.

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