Edward Acton Cavanough
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The Games
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When the author was first sent to Solomon Islands on assignment for The Guardian, his mind was focused on the thrill of having been dispatched to the wilds of the South Pacific to cover arguably the region’s geopolitical event of the decade. First held in 1963, the Pacific Games, formerly the South Pacific Games, have become a central feature of the Pacific’s regional integration. Each of the Pacific Islands’ twenty-two countries, territories and associated states are involved. Then, Sogavare, the Chinese ambassador and representatives from the state-owned construction firm awarded the tender were present. A beaming Sogavare grabbed two shovels and tossed the soil, declaring the 2023 Pacific Games Stadium Project underway.

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