Pacific Games

Samoa youth ordered to apologise to PNG games team

Tele Lemalu Lasi admitted stealing 13 passports, electronic equipment and other property belonging to members of the PNG team who were staying at the Pacific Games village in Fale'ula.

The 17-year-old pretended to be a PNG athlete to gain access to the village.

He used fake identification and wore PNG sportswear to enter the house where the athletes were staying but he was arrested before leaving the village.

Tokelau hoping to build Pacific Games presence

The non-self-governing New Zealand territory, which has a local population of only 1500, had one self-funded athlete at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea but a beefed-up team of 56 made the trip to Apia this year and competed in seven different sports: netball, swimming, rugby league nines, touch rugby, judo, Va'a and lawn bowls, where they won a bronze medal in the men's pairs.

Samoa makes history with the first green Pacific Games

 

Replacement host nation Samoa shouldered the impossible task of organizing the Games in only 18 months. Against all odds they succeeded, making history along the way. The largest Games in the competition’s 56-year history became the stage for some historic achievements.

The two-week event saw a Vanuatan racer win the women’s half marathon wearing only socks and the host country’s Prime Minister become the oldest Games participant in history, competing at archery.

Samoa hopes legacy of 2019 Pacific Games will be lasting

The chief executive of Samoa's of the Pacific Games Office Falefata Hele Matatia said he hopes the legacy of this year's games will be a more positive outlook for the country.

Over 4,000 athletes from 24 nations participated in the 27 sports at the games which closed in Apia on Saturday after two weeks of competition.

New Caledonia topped the medals tally, ahead of Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

The hosting rights for the games were only awarded to Samoa late in 2017 after the Tongan government claimed it could not afford to stage the event.

Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi hits out at Laurel Hubbard

The issue has been ignited by Kiwi transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard winning three medals at the latest Pacific Games, which finished at the weekend.

Hubbard won two gold medals and one silver in the women's 87kg and over category at the games. She has been cleared to compete under International Olympic Committee guidelines.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made it clear he didn't support trans athletes competing in women's sport.

New Caledonia grabs four golds in judo

In the women’s lightweight category, New Caledonia's Jaycee Brival took gold, her team mate Rosa Delots silver, and the two bronze went to NCL’s Cloe Omo-Perraut and Fiji’s Veniana Ravesi.

For the women’s heavyweight open, there was a surprise victory in gold for Shanice Takayawa of Fiji. Poerava Temakeu of Tahiti settled for silver and the bronze was shared by Tahiti’s Rauhiti Vernaudon and Teraimatuatini Bopp.

Samoa and Tonga reach tennis men's doubles semis

In the men’s doubles quarter finals, Tongan brothers Matavano and Semisi Fanguna upset second seeds, PNG’s Mark Gibbons and Matthew Stubbings, to progress to the semi-finals. An excited Matavano Fanguna said: ”This win means a lot. It’s our second Pacific Games but our first time to progress to the semis”.

Wallis and Futuna celebrate gold in men's javelin

Despite throwing four out of six foul throws at Apia Park Stadium, Vahai Sosaia’s two successful throws were comfortably the furthest of the session and he secured gold with a best effort of 62.41 metres.

Samoa’s Laurence Faapoi Tasi came second throwing 53.53m, and Papua New Guinea’s Lakona Gerega collected bronze, throwing 52.72m.

“I’m very emotional to get first place and very happy for today,” he told the Pacific Games News Service. “It has being a lot of hard work getting into the Pacific Games and it’s a reward for all the hard work along the way.”

Tonga one of six hopefuls to stage 2027 Pacific Games despite withdrawing as 2019 hosts

American Samoa, Fiji, Guam, Tahiti and Vanuatu have also lodged their interest with the Pacific Games Council (PGC).

The declaration of interest from Tonga is one of the most eye-catching of the potential contenders.

The kingdom was awarded the 2019 Pacific Games back in 2012, having seen off competition from Tahiti.

Tonga's Government withdrew from hosting the Games in 2017, citing financial concerns as the motive for the decision.

It led to the PGC reopening the bid process and selecting Samoa as replacement hosts in December 2017.

PNG super jumper Annie ToPal aims for gold

The 23-year-old is based in the US where she trains, but is back in the Pacific to compete in three separate events at the Pacific Games.

She surprised everyone at the 2015 Games to win bronze in the triple jump, but she’s hoping the medal she walks away with in 2019 is gold.

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