Athletes to watch at the 2023 Pacific Games in Solomon Islands
Athletes from New Caledoniaa French territory in the Pacific whose athletes would represent France in most major international competitions, have dominated in the history of the Pacific Games. Fijian athletes are also ones to watch for, and while traditional sporting powerhouses Australia and New Zealand are sending smaller teams, they will still be expected to perform well.
Among the athletes taking part are Australia’s 2016 Olympic medallist Ryan Tyack in archery and Tokyo 2020 boxing medallist Harry GarsideFiji’s Tokyo 2020 bronze-medal-winning women’s rugby sevens team, two-time table tennis Olympian Sally Yee from Fiji, and Samoa’s two-time Commonwealth Games boxing silver medallist Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali.
Winners of each of the 13 boxing weight categories, plus the gold medallists in the archery mixed team event, will each obtain a Paris 2024 quota spot. As National Olympic Committees have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games, athletes’ participation at the Paris Games depends on their NOC selecting them to represent their delegation at Paris 2024.