Hundreds of athletes braved the wet and windy conditions within the greater Suva area to participate at the 2019 Fiji Games which began on April 19th, 2019 which was eventually won by defending champions Suva.
Suva dominated most sports which included archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, billiard and snooker, boxing, darts, golf, powerlifting, sailing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, indoor volleyball and weightlifting.
Suva had a total of 56 gold medals with closet rival being Rotuma with 20 gold medals and in third place was Nadi with 28 gold medals.
Athletes represented 24 districts over the past four days that included Korovou, Nausori, Suva, Lami, Nasinu, Vunidawa, Navua, Labasa, Savusavu, Seaqaqa, Taveuni, Saqani, Wainikoro, Lautoka, Yasawa, Ba, Tavua, Nadarivatu, Rakirakri, Nadi, Nadroga, Navosa, Levuka and Rotuma.
Several sports also used the Fiji Games as a final trial for aspiring athletes hoping to represent Fiji at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa in July, 2019.
The Fiji Games has be used to allow national selectors for various sports to select athletes for forthcoming events such as the Pacific Games as well as other regional and international competitions organised by the various sports.
Team Fiji Archery, Boxing, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball Beach and Indoor, Powerlifting, Sailing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, and Weightlifting used the 2019 Fiji Games to finalise their teams to the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.
At the last Fiji Games in 2017, the district of Suva dominated winning a total of 30 gold medals with their closest rivals being Levuka who won 10 gold medals.
The concept known as Fiji Games was mooted in the early 1980’s by former FASANOC President and Life Member The Late Captain Stan Brown and Bobby Tikaram.
FASANOC resurrected the idea in 1993 and organised the Inaugural Fiji Games in August 1994. Since then the Games have been held annually until 2008, for economical reasons and due to an already busy calendar of sporting events in 2008, the idea of hosting the Fiji Games after every two years was proposed in the 2009 FASANOC Annual General Meeting.