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Pacific Games 2023: Full Schedule, Preview, Athletes to Watch, Venues, Participating Nations, Sports and How to Watch



Pacific Games 2023 Full Schedule, Preview, Athletes to Watch, Venues, Participating Nations, Sports and How to Watch

Officially dubbed the XVII Pacific Games, the 2023 Pacific Games are a continental multi-sport competition for countries and territories in Oceania that will take place in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from November 19–December 2, 2023. The Pacific Games will be held in the Solomon Islands for the first time ever.

The original dates of the Games were July 16–29, 2023. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Solomon Islands, which caused delays in preparation for the games, the games’ organizers requested a date change in July 2021.

For the first time, athletes from 23 teams compete in the Pacific Games, which are held in the Solomon Islands. Olympic qualification quotas for Paris 2024 are available in several sports. Find out everything you should know below.


The 17th edition of the Pacific Games, 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.

Twenty-four teams—22 members of the Pacific Games Council and invited teams from Australia and New Zealand—representing the nations and territories of the region will compete in 346 events spanning 27 sports disciplines. 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 complete teams to the Pacific Games.

In boxing and archery, direct quota spots are available for qualification to the Olympics in Paris in 2024.

Athletes to watch

In the history of the Pacific Games, athletes from New Caledonia, a French territory in the Pacific, have dominated the sport. These athletes would represent France in most major international competitions. Watch out for Fijian athletes as well. Although Australia and New Zealand, two of the biggest sports nations, are sending smaller teams, their performance is still expected to be high.

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 categories. Athletes’ ability to compete in the Paris Games is contingent upon their National Olympic Committee (NOC) choosing to represent their delegation in Paris in 2024. NOCs hold the exclusive authority over a country’s representation at the Olympic Games.


11 venues throughout Honiara, the host city, will host the games. The sporting venues for the 2023 Pacific Games are easily accessible and can be reached in 5 to 30 minutes. The following have been confirmed:

  • Aquatic Center (new) – Swimming
  • DC Park (existing) – Archery, Sailing, Open water swimming, Touch rugby, Va’a/Outrigger canoeing
  • Friendship Hall (new) – Basketball, Boxing, Netball, Volleyball
  • HCC Sports Precint (existing) – Table tennis
  • Honiara Golf Club (existing) – Golf
  • King George Hockey Turf (renovated) – Field hockey
  • Lawson Tama Stadium (existing) – Football
  • Maranatha Hall (existing) – Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Weightlifting
  • National Stadium (Solomon Islands)/Main Stadium (new) – Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Athletics, Football, Rugby league 9s, Rugby 7s
  • National Tennis Center (renovated) – Tennis
  • SIFF Academy (existing) – 3×3 Basketball, Beach volleyball, Karate, Judo
  • SIFF Academy (Field 1 & 2) – Football

Participating nations

It is anticipated that 22 Pacific Games Associations (PGA) and two Associate members, Australia and New Zealand, will make up the 24 countries and territories that will take part.

  • 22px Flag of American Samoa.svg American Samoa (189)
  • 22px Flag of Australia.svg Australia (75)
  • 22px Flag of the Cook Islands.svg Cook Islands (103)
  • 22px Flag of the Federated States of Micronesia.svg Federated States of Micronesia (4)
  • 22px Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji (592)
  • 22px Flag of Guam.svg Guam (49)
  • 22px Flag of Kiribati.svg Kiribati (3)
  • 22px Flag of the Marshall Islands.svg Marshall Islands (8)
  • 22px Flag of Nauru.svg Nauru (8)
  • 22px Flags of New Caledonia.svg New Caledonia (285)
  • 22px Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (46)
  • 22px Flag of Niue.svg Niue (47)
  • 22px Flag of Norfolk Island.svg Norfolk Island (30)
  • 22px Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg Northern Mariana Islands (92)
  • 22px Flag of Palau.svg Palau (23)
  • 22px Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea (382)
  • 22px Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa (112)
  • 22px Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg Solomon Islands (32) (Host)
  • 22px Flag of French Polynesia.svg Tahiti (97)
  • 22px Flag of Tokelau.svg Tokelau
  • 22px Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga (58)
  • 22px Flag of Tuvalu.svg Tuvalu (10)
  • 22px Flag of Vanuatu.svg Vanuatu (158)
  • 22px Flag of Wallis and Futuna.svg Wallis and Futuna (12)


The Pacific Games’ schedule will feature a maximum of 24 sports, as per the charter amendment made on July 14, 2019, in Apia, Samoa. The games will feature the following sports:

  • 20px Archery pictogram.svg Archery (14)
  • 20px Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics (54)
  • 20px Basketball pictogram.svgBasketball
    • Basketball (2)
    • 3×3 basketball (2)
  • 20px Bodybuilding pictogram.svg Bodybuilding (12)
  • 20px Boxing (13)
  • 20px Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey (2)
  • 20px Football pictogram.svg Football (2)
  • 20px Golf pictogram.svg Golf (4)
  • 20px Judo pictogram.svg Judo (14)
  • 20px Karate pictogram.svg Karate (16)
  • 20px Netball pictogram.svg Netball (1)
  • 20px Canoeing %28flatwater%29 pictogram.svg Outrigger canoeing (20)
  • 20px Powerlifting pictogram %28Paralympics%29.svg Powerlifting (16)
  • 20px Rugby league pictogram.svg Rugby league nines (2)
  • 20px Rugby sevens pictogram.svg Rugby sevens (2)
  • 20px Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing (6)
  • 20px Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming (43)
  • 20px Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis (11)
  • 20px Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo (19)
  • 20px Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis (7)
  • 20px Rugby union pictogram.svg Touch rugby (3)
  • 20px Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon (6)
  • 20px Volleyball %28indoor%29 pictogram.svgVolleyball
    • Volleyball (2)
    • Beach volleyball (2)
  • 20px Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting (60)

Opening ceremony

On Sunday, November 19, 2023, the Solomon Islands National Stadium in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, will host the opening ceremony of the 2023 Pacific Games.

Closing ceremony

There will be a closing ceremony at Solomon Islands National Stadium on December 2, 2023.

2023 Pacific Games Schedule

  1. Opening Ceremony: 19 November
  2. Archery: 21–24 November
  3. Athletics: 27 November–2 December
  4. Basketball: 17–25 November
  5. Basketball 3X3: 29 November–2 December
  6. Beach Volleyball: 28 November–2 December
  7. Bodybuilding: 27 November
  8. Boxing: 28 November–2 December
  9. Football: 17 November–2 December
  10. Golf: 22–25 November
  11. Hockey: 28 November–1 December
  12. Judo: 20–21 November
  13. Karate: 23–24 November
  14. Kayak: 27–30 November
  15. Netball: 27 November–2 December
  16. Powerlifting: 28–30 November
  17. Rugby League Nines: 20–22 November
  18. Rugby Sevens (Union): 23–25 November
  19. Sailing: 20 November–2 December
  20. Swimming: 20–25 November
  21. Table Tennis: 20–25 November
  22. Taekwondo: 28–29 November
  23. Tennis: 17–30 November
  24. Touch Rugby: 27 November–2 December
  25. Triathlon: 29 November–1 December
  26. Va’a (outrigger canoe): 27 November–1 December
  27. Volleyball: 17–25 November
  28. Weightlifting: 20–24 November
  29. Closing Ceremony: 2 December

How to watch the 2023 Pacific Games

Here is a selected list of broadcasters for the Sol2023 Games:

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