1963 South Pacific Games

The 1963 South Pacific Games, held from 29 August to 9 September 1963 at Suva in Fiji, was the first edition of the South Pacific Games. The multisport games were established to engender bonds of friendship amongst peoples in the Pacific, after an idea originated by Dr A.H. Sahu Khan was adopted by the South Pacific Commission. At a meeting of nine Territories, held in Nouméa during March 1961, Fiji was awarded the honour of hosting the first Games.[2]

1963 South Pacific Games
Host citySuva
CountryFiji
Nations participating13
Athletes participating646
Events10 sports
58 medal events
Opening ceremony29 August
Closing ceremony8 September
Officially opened bySir Kenneth Maddocks,[1]
Governor of Fiji

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