Bower: Samoa Games to test calibre of Fiji athletes

Patrick Bower with new trophies that will be contested in next month's FMF Chow Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED/EUGENE VOLLMER

TEAM Fiji to the 2019 South Pacific Games in Samoa will be the biggest team to represent the country in an international and regional competition.

Team Fiji chef de mission Patrick Bower said the games in Samoa would test the calibre and knowledge of the athletes selected for the games.

“In the Pacific Games in Samoa, Fiji is going to be represented in 25 of the 26 sports, it means we are participating in a multisport event,” Bower said.

Compared with previous years where Fiji participated in some events, this year the national side is taking a different approach on the games.

“It’s not a rugby tournament or badminton, it’s a multi-sport event that gives equal opportunity for all sports and athletes to work together
as a team before the event.”

The 2019 Pacific Games is scheduled to be the 16th edition and will be held in Apia, Samoa .

The event was initially awarded to Nuku’alofa, Tonga, but the Tongan government withdrew from hosting it in May 2017, amid concerns the country could face economic difficulties.

Apia will host the games, 24 countries are expected to compete and about 3500 athletes to compete in 26 sports.

The opening ceremony will be held on July 8 and the closing ceremony is expected on July 20.

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