2023 Pacific Games

Taiwan to fund Solomons stadium for 2023 Pacific Games

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga who is also the Minister for Home Affairs says the stadium venue is expected to cost more than $US28 million.

Mr Maelanga said the country's official preparations will kick off next month once the 2023 Pacific Games Bill is passed by parliament.

But he said a Taiwanese team has already been to look at the proposed sites for the games venues and have returned to Taipei to work out the full details of the project.

Solomons make one last push to hold 2023 Pac Games

RNZI reports 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.

Solomons to bid for 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 opposition 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.

Fiji ready to host 2023 games

Delana who is currently in Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Games was asked of Fiji's intention to bid for the 2023 games, 20-years after the last one held in Suva.

Delana said there was no decision on the matter yet.

“The Pacific Games Council committee has not said anything on that yet,” he said.

“We are ready to host. The next Pacific Games is Tonga, after that the PGC will decide on 2023.”

Delana said there was a lot to learn from the host nation as they had proven everybody wrong by having world-class facilities done in time for the games.