Minister for Youth and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto has endorsed the option to convert the Pacific Mini Games to a Pacific Youth Games.
The Pacific Games Council, headed by former Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee president Vidhya Lakhan, hosted a Pacific Islands Sports Ministers meeting yesterday in Wallis and Futuna to gauge support on the proposal.
Wallis and Futuna is the host for the Pacific Mini Games which begins today.
Council president Lakhan had earlier said they have been discussing the subject for over three years now.
Naupoto said he was fully behind the idea and would like to see the Mini Games become the Youth Games.
"We will discuss whether the Mini Games is helping with the development of sport or we can drop it down to make it the Pacific Youth Games so that we can properly expose the young and raw talent that we have in the Pacific," he said.
"For that to happen, we will have to put an age restriction on the athletes and we are thinking about 15 to 18 years old."
Naupoto added rugby sevens in Fiji was one of those sports that suffered because it did not have a proper youth competition for the development of the sport.
"They (rugby sevens) use a bunch of senior players throughout and then when these players leave they are left looking around for young players but there are none that have the experience.
"So if we have a youth games then those young players have international experience at regional level."
He said international sports did not have a mini games but were instead focusing more on the development of young players.
"Like for the Olympics, there is no Mini Olympics, there is only the Youth Olympics.
"So similarly, if we had a youth games instead of the mini games, we could give a chance for our young athletes to show their talent to the region."
Meanwhile, Naupoto visited the Team Fiji camp yesterday to motivate the athletes.