Pacific Conference Games

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The Pacific Conference Games were a quadrennial athletics competition, held between 1969 and 1985 and contested by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. Each of the five nations hosted an edition of the competition before its dissolution in 1985. The 1981 and 1985 events were open to athletes from all nations.

The event was proposed at the 1967 Summer Universiade in a specially scheduled meeting by Japanese national sports officials to their counterparts for the four other developed, Western nations with Pacific coasts. The intention was to hold a high level, two-day international track and field competition one year after each Summer Olympic Games. It was suggested in contemporary reports that the limited invitational format was designed to exclude the Soviet Union (which had boycotted the Tokyo Universiade).[1]

The idea of a Pacific region sports competition was revived at the Pacific Ocean Games and an athletics competition featured at the sole edition in 1995. The games were abandoned after their first edition, however.[2]

Editions[edit]

Games Year Dates Host stadium Host city Host country Events
I 1969 26–27 September National Olympic Stadium Tokyo Japan 32
II 1973 27–28 June Centennial Park Stadium Toronto Canada 32
III 1977 3–4 December Bruce Stadium Canberra Australia 34
IV 1981 31 January–1 February Queen Elizabeth II Stadium Christchurch New Zealand 37
V 1985 22–23 June Edwards Stadium Berkeley, California United States 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ 5 Nations Agree to Have Track Meets. Chicago Tribune, Section 2, pg. 3 (1967-12-09). Retrieved on 2015-01-15.
  2. ^ Pacific Ocean Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-01-16.
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