Solomon Islands has requested the Pacific Games Council to postponed the 2023 Pacific Games from July to November as they bid for more time to finish their sports facilities for the quadrennial event.
The construction of the sports facilities has been endlessly delayed but the Covid-19 pandemic the past year. The country has been waiting for the commencement of the venue construction program in Honiara. The Solomon Islands requested to change the dates from the original July 16, 2023 schedule to November 19, 2023.
“First and foremost, let me convey to the executive board of the Pacific Games Council, and to the 22-member Pacific Games Associations and the 24 Oceania federations for the sports on the Games program, the sincere appreciation of our nation and our government for the kindred spirit demonstrated by the members of our Pacific family to allow the deferment of the 2023 Pacific Games by four months. This short delay will enable the Solomon Islands to complete the construction of all the facilities it requires to successfully host the 2023 Pacific Games,” said Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in a national address.
The Pacific Games was set to host a series of sports tournament including Rugby 7s.
The Pacific Games Council’s request to delay the games was to also add more time for organizers to test the venues for the games, before allowing them to kick off.
Giving them more time to prepare to make the venues fully operational will be a priority for the organizers as heavier than usual rains hinder the construction process of their venues,
The Pacific Games is set to host 23 sports including the sensational Rugby 7s which has blown up in popularity since their debut in the Olympic Games five years ago in Rio, Brazil.
With non other than Fiji 7s winning the first ever gold medal for the Men’s tournament and the Australian women’s sevens winning the historic gold medal for the women’s side. Both champions are set to defend their gold medals this month in Tokyo as they prepare for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.