The idea of holding the South Pacific Games originated with Dr A.H. Sahu Khan, one of Fiji's representatives at a meeting of the South Pacific Commission held at Rabaul during 1959. The idea was adopted and led to a meeting of nine Territories, held in Nouméa during March 1961, which awarded Fiji the honour of hosting the very first Games in 1963. The event changed its name to the Pacific Games in 1998 when it took place in Santa Rita, Guam.
With the World Athletics Championships in Beijing now at an end, Mike Rowbottom takes a look at the form of China after the host nation made great strides in front of their home crowd. Stars such as sprinter Su Bingtian and long jumper Jianan Wang are leading the way for a country which looks set to go from strength to strength in track and field.