Fiji is a well-known sporting country and has had the opportunity of hosting the inaugural South Pacific Games in 1963, the sixth South Pacific Games in 1979 and recently concluded the best ever twelfth South Pacific Games in July 2003. The latter was played over 14 days, hosting 22 Pacific Island Nations for 32 sporting events. Over 4,500 athletes and officials attended.

Apart from hosting the previous South Pacific Games, Fiji has been the venue for many international sporting events over the years that included the World Under 21 Women's Netball Championships in 1995 as well as the following:-

  • 1997 World Amateur Golf Championships
  • 1986 World Hobie 16 Catamarans Championships
  • 1984 Inaugural Oceania Hockey Championships
  • 1990 Inaugural Mobil Oceania Athletics Championships
  • 1991 Golden Oldies Hockey Festival
  • 1994 Inaugural Fiji Games
  • 1995 World Windsurfing Championships
  • 1995 World Super League 9's Championships
  • 1996 Golden Oldies Netball Championships
  • 1997 Inaugural Oceania Under 21 Basketball Championships
  • 1997 Oceania sumo Championships
  • International Sevens Rugby
  • South Pacific Bowling Carnival (Annually)
  • World Corporate Golf Tournament (Annually)
  • Aaron Baddley Junior Golf Tournament (Annually)
  • 2003 World Eco Challenge
  • Bula Marathon (Annually)
  • Bula Triathlon (Annually)
As well as South Pacific or Oceania Championships in Badminton, Billiards & Snooker,
Bodybuilding, Boxing Canoe Polo, Disabled Sports, Football, Game fishing, Judo, Karate, outrigger Canoeing, Power lifting, Road Cycling, Squash, Surfing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Volleyball and Weightlifting.

We have in place the infrastructure to host the 2004 Post Fiji Challenge Cup through a $30 million Sports Complex that embraces an international standard Stadium, Indoor and Outdoor Netball facilities, Olympic Pools.

The facilities are available for use during the Netball Championships in 2004.

Accompanied with this is the large pool of competitive sports administrators and technical personnel available to be drawn upon by the Netball fraternity to support in the running of the championships.

Fiji Islands - An Overview

The Fiji Islands are made up of around 300 islands, two-thirds of them uninhabited. The two major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu with the capital city Suva situated on Viti Levu.

Apart from the two major race groups of ethnic Fijians and Indo Fijians, Fiji is also home to a growing expatriate population, Chinese and many other Pacific Islanders.

Among many other things Fiji is an exotic destination and a well known sporting island nation with the Fiji Sevens rugby team placing Fiji on the world map on many occasions in the past two decades with their imaginative flair on the sevens field.

One of Fiji's most popular sporting experts is golfer Vijay Singh.

Fiji enjoys a tropical south sea maritime climate without great extremes of heat or cold. The islands lie in an area which is occasionally traversed by tropical cyclones, and that are mostly confined between the months of November to April every year. At all seasons the predominant winds over Fiji are the trade winds from the east to Southeast. In general the winds over Fiji are light or moderate, the most persistent being in the period of July - December.

The Fiji archipelago is at the crossroads of the South Pacific and Fiji has become the central hub of the exotic South Pacific. More than 85 flights land at Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu every week from Los Angeles, Vancouver, Japan, South Korea and Australia and New Zealand.

Suva - Host City - The Sporting Attraction

Suva the host city for the 2004 Post Fiji Challenge Cup is a beautiful harbour city built on a peninsula that reaches out into the sea.

Suva's landscape is mixture of modern and traditional colonial architecture, which gives the capital city a modern but at the same time historical feel.

Suva has all the facilities in place to host a national tournament. The recently completed South Pacific Games have been a good example of the capabilities of the metropolis and the state combining to provide an international arena for competition The multipurpose indoor gymnasium will host the International Challenge Cup for Men's and Mixed Netball Championships. It has a seating capacity of up to 4,000.

The gymnasium contains state of the art electronic scoreboard and an interactive wall-to-wall audio video system allowing interface enhancement of real-time video replay of current matches. The system also allows for interfacing with domestic television and Satellite-TV to home in offshore broadcasting for local viewing.

All weather warm up outdoor courts, an adjoining indoor gymnasium, an international athletic and sports grounds encircle the Games venue. The venue also boasts an Olympic aquatic centre that accommodates an Olympic size swimming pool and warm up pool. Beside this are facilities for yachting and canoeing. These are few of the features that will become available to the International Challenge Cup for use in 2004.

Suva has an interesting population consisting not only of the two main race groups, ethnic Fijians and Indo Fijians but a growing Chinese population and a large expatriate community and Pacific Island community as well, As home to the University of the South Pacific and the Fiji School of Medicine, Suva has a large number of students from the region who all contribute to the interesting blend of cultures in the city.

For those interested in a good night out, there is a wide range of clubs and bars in the city, which generally stay open until 1am. There is also a large Cinema complex, which has 6 cinemas with movie that start from as early as 10am to 11.30pm. There is also a wide range of restaurants scattered throughout the city, which can cater for all budgets and are capable of satisfying even the most particular taste buds.