1989 South Pacific Mini Games
|Opening ceremony||August 22, 1989|
|Closing ceremony||September 1, 1989|
|Officially opened by||King Taufa’ahau Tepou IV|
|Main venue||Teufaiva Sport Stadium|
Tonga's national stadium, the Teufaiva Sport Stadium, was built for the Games on the previous site of the agricultural showgrounds. The stadium, new Atele gymnasium, and tennis courts, were built or refurbished with the aid of Taiwan and France. The venues were eventually completed just in time for the games following some controversy in the preceding months with the construction alarmingly behind schedule.
Sixteen Pacific nations participated in the Games:
Note: A number in parentheses indicate the size of a country's team (where known).
The six sports contested at the 1989 South Pacific Mini Games were:
Note: A number in parentheses indicates how many medal events were contested in that sport (where known).
Final medal table
Western Samoa topped the medal count:
|2||French Polynesia (PYF)||20||20||20||60|
|3||New Caledonia (NCL)||15||17||15||47|
|4||Papua New Guinea (PNG)||14||17||15||46|
|8||American Samoa (ASA)||2||5||10||17|
|9||Cook Islands (COK)||2||2||2||6|
|12||Norfolk Island (NFK)||1||0||0||1|
|13||Solomon Islands (SOL)||0||4||3||7|
|Northern Mariana Islands (MNP)||0||0||0||0|
|Wallis and Futuna (WLF)||0||0||0||0|
|Totals (16 nations)||93||92||99||284|
^a Western Samoa won six gold medals in the boxing competition that captured the local people's imagination – as reported by Pacific islands Monthly, "it seemed half of Nuku'alof was crammed into the indoor stadium".
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