Athletes and officials from 24 Pacific Island countries were accorded a traditional welcome by Guadalcanal Province, the hosts for the 2023 Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands yesterday.
A “Chupu” and shell money were presented to representatives of the participating countries, showcasing a spirit of partnership and unity among Pacific Island countries.
Made out of over 10,000 Taro’s sourced from farmers in East Guadalcanal, the “Chupu” is the biggest ever presented to any delegation visiting the country.
All athletes and officials will be consuming meals made out of the Taro daily in their respective villages.
Team Fiji Chef De Mission Ajay Ballu together with Chef De Missions from other Pacific Island Countries were presented gifts.
In return, Fiji also presented a gift to the Premier of the Guadalcanal Province at King George Games Village during the welcoming ceremony.
The President of the Pacific Games Council Vidhya Lakhan introduced the 24 countries participating at the Games to the Guadalcanal Province Premier, Francis Sade.
Meanwhile, the 2023 Pacific Games Opening Ceremony will be held on Sunday at the National Stadium in Honiara however, a few sporting events kicking off today.
The Fiji men’s volleyball team will face defending champions Tahiti at 8pm today.