Oceania Athletics is pleased to announce the preliminary entries for the Pacific Games, to be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
The Pacific Games alternates between different countries of the Pacific Region. The Solomon Islands will host a Games in the capital, Honiara, for the second time. Honiara has previously hosted the 1981 Mini Games.
The Games began in 1968, as the South Pacific Games and were known as that until 2007. Athletics is the only sport that has been in every edition of the Games, both Major and Mini.
The 2023 edition of the Pacific Games athletics will see 400 athletes taking part, from 22 Countries. It will be the biggest edition of athletics at the Pacific Games ever. At SOL2023, athletics has the greatest number of Countries competing and will be the second largest in number of athletes.
13 Counties have athletes who went to the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The Para component of athletics will also be the largest ever. 50 athletes across the 6 medal events will participate. 7 Countries will take part in the Para Competition. The entries are highlighted by Pierre Fairbank, a paralympic Gold Medallist in the 200m, who will be looking to take home the first ever Pacific Games gold medal in the Wheelchair 100m.
The Athletics will take place in the newly built Solomon Islands National Stadium. With room for 10,000 spectators, the home crowd will be looking to be in full force, to watch some of their star Solomon Island athletes compete in front of a home crowd.
The Athletics will finish with the Half Marathon. Starting at St Josephs in Tenerau, the village for the Solomon Island Team, the route will go past all Games Villages before finishing in the plaza of Sports City next to the National Stadium.
The preliminary entries are listed below. A maximum of 3 athletes per Country can compete. Teams will have to confirm their entries the day prior to start of each event and confirm their 3 athletes.