Sport in Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a country that may be surrounded by water but their sport actually varies depending on the gender of those involved. Volleyball is for women while soccer and rugby are for men.

Football was also popular during the 1980s. In fact, the country is a member of FIFA and OFC sadly, they never qualified for the World Cup but now it is said that they have 8,000 registered cricketers and that makes cricket more popular than football in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu may not always win but they always engage in different sporting events whether it’s continental or international level they still compete with other countries. This country has participated in all editions of the Pacific Games from 1983 in Samoa and Pacific Mini-Game since 1981 in Solomon Islands, but only wins as runner ups. Vanuatu also had their first participation at the Olympic Games in 1988; unfortunately no Vanuatu athlete has ever won an Olympic medal. As Simon Sinek once said, “Champions are not the ones who always win - champions are the ones who get out there and try”.

The country is resplendent with sports and they are very proud of their athletes from these sports especially to Henriette Latika and Miller Elwin. This duo has been playing on the World Tour since 2008. However, it is only in recent years that this duo gets recognitions for they reached the second elimination round at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Champions.

Vanuatu has a wide variety of sporting events especially for the tourists. Ranging from the Vanuatu Round Island Relay where they can jog around the island, feel the breeze of the ocean from afar while staying trim. Golf Open Tournaments, Blue Marlin Fishing Contests, and Kiwanis Horse Race, Vanuatu clearly has plenty of activities to offer.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Vanuatu. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please make a comment below.

Popular sports of Vanuatu

Vanuatu Sporting Success

Athletes from Vanuatu

Vanuatu Sports trivia

Vanuatu at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Vanuatu

Upcoming sporting events in Vanuatu

Annual sporting events held in Vanuatu

Sporting Facilities in Vanuatu

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