Solomons to bid for 2023 Pacific Games

9:20 am on 4 May 2016
There was plenty of support for Solomon Islands amongst the Suva crowd.

Solomon Islands bids for Pacific Games Photo: OFC Media

The Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare has confirmed that his government will be bidding for the 2023 Pacific Games.

Asking for a special adjournment in parliament, he said a delegation would be travelling to Vanuatu to make the bid.

In recent months, the government revealed it was interested in bidding and promised to back the bid with funding.

Mr Sogavare says members of parliament will be part of this delegation.

The leader of the parliamentary Independent Group, Dr Derek Sikua, wished the government success in the bid.

He said the Pacific Games had eluded Solomon Islands for far too long, and said the last games, the Mini Games the country held in 1982, was too long ago.

Papua New Guinea won a fourth consecutive Pacific Games gold medal in women's football in Port Moresby.

PNG competitors Photo: Oceania Football