Samoa is an archipelago of nine islands at the center of south-west Pacific island groups. The name Samoa, from 'Sa' (sacred) and 'Moa' (center) means 'Sacred Center of the Universe'.
- Samoa (formerly Western Somoa) joined the Commonwealth in 1970. In 1974, 1978 they competed under the name Western Samoa.
- The country made its Commonwealth Games debut in 1974 and have only missed the 1986 edition since that time.
- Boxing and weightlifting medals were the highlight of their inaugural Games in Christchurch.
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