Fiji has named a 592-member contingent including 102 Non-Travelling Reserves taking part in 25 sports – including two para sports – for the 2023 Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands.
Announcing the names in Suva today, Chef de Mission Ajay Ballu said it was a culmination of hard work behind the scenes from well over 18 months ago.
“It started with an interest from the National Federations to participate in the Games and under strict timelines, final team names were submitted and underwent a Selection Justification process before the final Names were submitted to the Executive Board and the Board of Management for Approval and Endorsement,” he said.
Ballu congratulated those athletes, coaches, and officials who had been chosen and reminded those who missed out on a 48-hour appeals window to appeal their cases if they felt they had been unfairly deprived of the opportunity to represent Fiji.
FASANOC will accept written appeals lodged at Fiji Olympic House or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject APPEAL) by 1pm this Saturday,
Team Fiji’s scheduled itatau to the President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, is on November 8 after which an advance party will depart for the Solomon Islands to ensure logistics and team registrations are in order.
“The first half of our delegation will depart Fiji on 14th November and return on 25th November and the second half of the delegation will depart on 25th November and return on 3rd December after the closing Ceremony. There are some sports programs that cover the whole two weeks which means that some sports will go up on the first flight and come back on the last flight,” Ballu said.
The Pacific Games 2023 takes place in Honiara between 19 November and 2 December 2023.
PIC Courtesy of Team Fiji: L-R Team Fiji General Managers Anushil Kumar, Rosalia Fatiaki, Chef de Mission Ajay Ballu, Wayne O’Connor, Josaia Tuinamata