The first ever Pacific Regional Sports Forum began today at the University of the South Pacific’s Australian Pacific Lecture Theatre and will end this Wednesday.

While officiating at the event, Minister for Employment, Industrial Relations, Productivity and Youth and Sports, Parveen Kumar Bala said sports has been regarded as an important enabler which has proven to be a unifier as well.

“We Pacific Islanders have witnessed first-hand how it can bring people together and set our differences aside.”

“It’s clear that the three days we’ve set aside for this important forum will not only benefit our cause here in Fiji; it will provide a conducive environment for all our sportspeople while uplifting the standard of sports in the Pacific.”

The event was also attended by the Vanuatu’s Minister for Education and Training, Jean Pierre Nirua and Palau’s Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, Baklai Temengil.

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