A SEA of colours engulfed the newly built Kafika Stadium on Wallis Island yesterday as scores of people gathered for the opening ceremony of the 9th Pacific Mini Games.
According to the Pacific Games Council president Vidya Lakhan, the hard work put in by the people of Wallis and Futuna was evident.
"It is indeed an honour for me to welcome you to the Pacific Mini Games," he said.
"The people of Wallis and Futuna have gone through great lengths to prepare for these games.
"What we see today is a result of many months of hard work."
With the sun high in the sky and temperature above 35 degrees Celcius, people of Wallis came out in scores to welcome athletes and administrators from the 22 nations, competing in eight different sports.
"We hope you have a unique experience of the games.
"On behalf of the Pacific Games Council, we urge you to be true and good ambassadors of your respective sports.
The opening ceremony was attended by sports ministers from different Pacific nations including Fiji's Viliame Naupoto.
With the king of Wallis present, the opening ceremony lasted for more than three hours.
It also signalled the start of the games this morning.
Athletics, weightlifting, volleyball and va'a will be on today and with that 25 gold medals will be on offer.
With Fiji opting out of the 10,000 metre race, weightlifting will bring in Fiji's first medal of the Mini Games.