Sport: Solomons make one last push to hold 2023 Pac Games

11:42 am on 4 May 2016

Solomon Islands is sending a high-powered delegation, including MPs, to Vanuatu to make one last push to promote their bid to host the 2023 Pacific Games.

The Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare asked for a special adjournment in parliament to facilitate the trip and promised to back the bid with funding.

The Solomons effort is being run on the basis that the Games have eluded the country for far too long, with the last event, the 1982 Mini Games.

The Pacific Games Council is holding their AGM in Vanuatu next week to decide on the bid.

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Photo: Pacific Games Council

Executive Director Andrew Minogue said Solomon Islands will be up against a strong Tahiti bid.

"For Tahiti they're attempting the Games for the third times so they are a safe pair of hands. They've done the Games before," he said.

"They've got good facilities there. They've got some plans in place for some new facilities to augment what they already have."

Executive Director Andrew Minogue says Solomon Islands are looking to follow in the footsteps of Tonga, who are hosting their first full Games in 2019.

"Like Tonga, I guess for the 2019 Games, there's an aspiration for them to graduate," he said.

"They held the Mini Games back in the 1980s and as a people they want to go to the next level. They have put a solid bid proposal together as well and it will be interesting to see," Minoque said.

The 22 member countries of the Pacific Games Council vote on the bid on May 11.

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