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Athletics has been a staple of every Pacific Games and Pacific Mini Games sports program since the inception of the Games. It is always the case that Athletics draws the greatest number of countries entering of any sport in the Pacific Games, with nearly all 22 member countries always entering, reflecting its position as one of the Olympic Games two universality sports (Swimming being the other) where every country is offered an opportunity to participate. Typically, the medals are shared evenly between several countries with Fiji and Papua New Guinea particularly strong in the sprints, Polynesian powerhouses Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga particularly strong in the field events, and New Caledonia strong everywhere. At the most recent Pacific Games in 2019, 11 of the 22 member countries won medals, as did Australia who were invited in the selected events.