THE 2013 Pacific Mini Games may be the last one as discussions are underway to abolish the games and replace it with a much effective competition to help with the development of Pacific athletes.
The Pacific Games Council headed by Vidhya Lakhan will be hosting a Pacific Islands Sports Ministers meeting today in Wallis and Futuna to gauge support on this proposal.
Council president Lakhan said they have been discussing this subject for over three years now.
He is hoping to gather support from all affiliated bodies before making the change.
"I want to make sure that all our 22 constituents, the various governments and the Oceania Federations are all on the same page," Lakhan, the former Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee president, said.
"The matter is much more delicate than it seemed in the beginning. Should we retain the Mini Games and introduce a Pacific Youth Games or should we convert the Mini Games to a Pacific Youth Games. This is the burning question."
With the International Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Federation having a youth version of the games, Lakhan said the "council must move with the times".
He said they needed a platform to prepare their athletes for the international events they were invited to participate in.
Lakhan said as of now, a vast majority of their member countries had their calendar full of events to participate in, which have been proving quite costly for some of its members.
"We have the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Pacific Games, the Pacific Mini Games, the Olympic Youth Games, the Commonwealth Youth Games; then there is the Micronesian Games and there is talk of introducing a Melanesian Games as well.
"The IOC has introduced a Youth Olympic Games so has the Commonwealth with their youth ghames.
"Many of our members are invited to participate in these games.
"In the preparation of our Pacific Islands youths to participate in these two youth games, we believe very strongly that the council should provide an opportunity to our island athletes to test their skills in regional games before progressing on to the international arena.
"The other continents have already moved or are in the process of moving in this direction."
Lakhan said the road to a Pacific Youth Games would become much clearer after the 2013 PMG which starts tomorrow in Wallis and Futuna.
"We are also not sure of the level of support we might expect to receive from the island governments for a Pacific Youth Games.
"I hope to gauge this support in Wallis and Futuna at a Pacific Islands Sports Ministers meeting which the Pacific Games Council is hosting on September 1 (today)."