Arafura Games: 2021!

The Arafura Games will be back, with the announcement today that the of the multi-sport event will be held again from 14-22 May 2021.

With more than 1700 athletes from more than 40 countries taking part in 15 sports, the Games have brought an international flavour and vibrancy to the capital.

Many new friends have been made, athletes have been tested, a few records broken and many more memories made over the past nine days.

Sports Medicine Australia, St John Ambulance, the Games Ambassadors, volunteers, sporting officials, businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, the athletes themselves and many others have contributed to turning that commitment into a reality.

With some athletes using the Games as a stepping stone to international rankings or to boost performances in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, there’s no doubt the Arafura Games has cemented its position in the international sporting calendar.

Project Manager, Oceania Paralympic Committee, Chris Nunn said “The Arafura Games have played a pivotal role in determining the athletes from the Pacific Islands who will be targeted for international representation at the World Athletics Championships and Tokyo 2020.

“We are delighted to hear that the Arafura Games are returning in 2021 and are hoping they can become a regular component of the Oceania regional calendar.

“Now we know the Games will be back in 2021 we will work together to grow the number of para athletes to hopefully double what we have had here in 2019.”