2009 Lusophony Games

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2nd Lusophony Games—Lisbon 2009
2009 Lusophony Games logo.png
Host city Lisbon
Motto A união é mais importante que a vitória
"Union is more important than victory"
Nations participating 12[1]
Athletes participating 1,300[2]
Events 67 (10 sports)
plus one demonstration event
Opening ceremony 11 July 2009
Closing ceremony 19 July 2009
Officially opened by Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Officially closed by José Sócrates
Main venue Pavilhão Atlântico (ceremonies)
Estádio Universitário (athletics)
Website lisboa2009.org

The 2009 Lusophony Games was the 2nd Lusophony Games (Portuguese: 2.os Jogos da Lusofonia), a multi-sport event for delegations representing Portuguese-speaking National Olympic committees. It took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 11 to 19 July 2009. The Pavilhão Atlântico acted as the main venue, staging the opening ceremonies and majority of the sporting events.[3]

Host decision[edit]

The organization was awarded to Portugal during the 6th ACOLOP general assembly, gathered in Macau, on 10 October 2006. José Vicente de Moura, president of the Olympic Committee of Portugal and honorary president of the ACOLOP, is also the president of the Organizing Committee for the 2009 Lusophony Games (COJOL).

Participants[edit]

Countries participating in the 2009 Lusophony Games

Games[edit]

Sports[edit]

On 21 May 2007, during a meeting between the 2009 Games Organizing Committee (Portuguese: Comité Organizador dos Jogos da Lusofonia 2009, COJOL) and the ACOLOP (Associação dos Comités de Língua Oficial Portuguesa, English: Association of the Portuguese-Speaking Committees), a decision on which should be the ninth sport to be included in the competition program—out of a list that included badminton, canoeing, judo, swimming and roller hockey — was delayed due to insufficient survey data from some of the ACOLOP member committees.[6] Later that year, on 12 November the ACOLOP general assembly, gathered in Lisbon, finally decided to add judo to the official program.[3]

This edition thus featured nine sports—one more than in the inaugural games in 2006 — comprising 65 events. Three events for disabled athletes were included in the athletics competition, for a total of 68.[7] One of those disabled athletics events is of demonstration nature and is not included in the medal ranking.

Venues[edit]

Most of the competitions were held in venues within Lisbon, but other sports, like beach and indoor volleyball, were played in the neighbouring municipalities of Oeiras and Almada, respectively.[8] The opening and closing ceremonies were held at Pavilhão Atlântico, the largest venue, where four sports took place as well.

Venue Location Sport Capacity
Estádio Universitário Lisbon Athletics, Disabled athletics 3,670[9]
Pavilhão Açoreana Seguros Lisbon Basketball 2,400[10]
Pavilhão Atlântico Lisbon Judo, Futsal, Taekwondo, Table tennis 20,000
Pavilhão Municipal de Almada Almada Volleyball N/A
Santo Amaro de Oeiras Beach Oeiras Beach volleyball and Closing Ceremonies N/A
Estádio Nacional Oeiras Football 38,000
Estádio José Gomes Amadora Football 10,000

Calendar[edit]

In this table, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round or group match. The golden boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held. The number indicated in each box represents the number of finals that were to be contested on that day. The sports marked with an asterisk (*) means that it has an event that is a demonstration sport and its champion do not count in the final tally.

Opening ceremony Event competitions Event finals Closing ceremony
July 2009 10th
Sat
11th
Sat
12th
Sun
13th
Mon
14th
Tue
15th
Wed
16th
Thu
17th
Fri
18th
Sat
19th
Sun
Gold
medals
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 13 16 2 31
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball               2 2
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball       2 2
Athletics pictogram.svg Disabled athletics* 2 2
Football pictogram.svg Football         1 1
Futsal pictogram.svg Futsal         1 1
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 6 8 14
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 2 2 5
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 4 4 8
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball     2 2
Total gold medals 19 18 6 8 4 5 1 6
Cumulative Total 19 37 43 51 55 60 61 67
Ceremonies    
July 2009 10th
Sat
11th
Sat
12th
Sun
13th
Mon
14th
Tue
15th
Wed
16th
Thu
17th
Fri
18th
Sat
19th
Sun
Gold
medals

Symbols[edit]

The image and identity of the Lisbon 2009 Lusophony Games were conveyed by its official logo and mascot. The logo represents an "athlete, celebrating victory with a multicoloured ribbon, following the motto 'Union stronger than Victory', in an appeal to fair-play and unity between the athletes".[11] The mascot, representing a youthful humanized flame, is called "Xama" (after "chama", "flame" in English) and embodies the spirit of sport, the athlete's desire to surpass own limits, the "energy and vivacity" that give "body and soul in every heat".[12]

Medal table[edit]

Note that when each champion is counted, the results will differ from the official results, therefore the following table will not match the official one as shown in the competition's website.

      Host nation (Portugal)

2009 Lusophony Games medal count
Pos Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Brazil 33 23 20 76
2  Portugal 25 34 15 74
3  Angola 4 1 9 14
4  Macau 1 3 8 12
5  Cape Verde 1 1 5 7
 India 1 1 5 7
 São Tomé and Príncipe 1 1 5 7
8  Sri Lanka 1 0 4 5
9  Mozambique 0 3 2 5
Total 67 67 73 207

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nine founding members of the ACOLOP (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé & Príncipe) and three associate members (Equatorial Guinea, India and Sri Lanka)
  2. ^ "Pano cai com Portugal como segundo país mais medalhado" (in Portuguese). Comité Olímpico de Portugal. Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "ACOLOP aprova programa dos 2.ºs Jogos da Lusofonia" (in Portuguese). Comité Olímpico de Portugal. 12 November 2007. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  4. ^ http://www.comiteolimpicoportugal.pt/detalhe-noticia.php?id_new=970
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka Sports News | Online edition of Daily News - Lakehouse Newspapers". Archived from the original on 30 July 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Agência Lusa (21 May 2007). "Jogos Lusofonia - Organização de Lisboa2009 adia decisão sobre a modalide a incluir no programa" (in Portuguese). RTP. Retrieved 21 May 2007. 
  7. ^ "Sports". Organizing Committee for the 2009 Lusophony Games (COJOL). Retrieved 26 October 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Location". Organizing Committee for the 2009 Lusophone Games (COJOL). Retrieved 26 October 2008. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Estádio Universitário de Lisboa (EUL)" (in Portuguese). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Ensino Superior. Retrieved 26 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Pavilhão Açoreana Seguros" (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Logo". Organizing Committee for the 2009 Lusophone Games (COJOL). Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  12. ^ "Mascot". Organizing Committee for the 2009 Lusophone Games (COJOL). Retrieved 31 October 2008. [dead link]

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