Pacific Games Council executive director Andrew Minogue said six sports were using their international federation eligibility rules, while the other 22 sports followed the Games requirement of either holding a passport or five years of residency for qualification.
He made the clarification following queries on the selection of overseas-based players for the Port Moresby Games from July 4-18. Minogue said the rule was simple — a competitor had to hold the passport of the country he was representing or must have lived in that country for a minimum of five years.
The five-year requirement means a competitor could have lived in the country for five years over a number of periods.
The six sports using international eligibility rules where qualification or ranking points are up for grabs are basketball cricket, netball, sailing, rugby 7s and weightlifting.
Minogue said all the other 22 sports followed the Games rules.
If there is a challenge of an athlete’s eligibility by another country, the council checks their residency as per Article 26.9 of the Pacific Games Charter.
That includes school records certified by the principal or the highest official of the relevant government ministry, employment records certified by the employer or the highest official of the relevant government ministry for labour issues, tax records, official government birth or immigration records, or any other official government record that proves residency.