Lusophony Games

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The Lusophony Games (Portuguese: Jogos da Lusofonia) is a multinational multi-sport event organized by the ACOLOP, which involves athletes coming from Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries, namely those belonging to the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries), but also others where there are significant Portuguese communities or that have a common past with Portugal.

Participating countries are founding members Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau (Chinese SAR), Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe, and associate members Equatorial Guinea, India and Sri Lanka. In addition, Ghana, Flores (an island of Indonesia), Mauritius and Morocco have also expressed the desire to participate in future events.[1]

This event is similar in concept to the Commonwealth Games (for members of the Commonwealth of Nations) and the Jeux de la Francophonie (for the Francophonie community).

Editions[edit]

Year Edition Date Host city Athletes (nations)
2006 I 7–15 October Macau Macau 733 (11)
2009 II 11–19 July Portugal Lisbon, Portugal 1300 (12)
2014 III 18–29 January India Goa, India[2] 7000 (12)
2017 IV tbd Mozambique Maputo, Mozambique tbd
2021 V tbd Angola Luanda, Angola tbd
tbd - to be determined

Inaugural edition[edit]

Participating countries (purple) and host city (yellow square) of the 1st Lusofony Games.
Main article: 2006 Lusophony Games

The 1st Lusophony Games were hosted by Macau, from 7 to 15 October 2006, comprising 733 athletes from 11 countries (Equatorial Guinea didn't field any athletes), some of which are international sports stars.

In competition were a total of 48 events distributed between 8 sports: athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, football, futsal, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball. Portugal and Brazil were the top medal collectors of the Games, managing to grab 85% of the titles. And the two countries acquired 71% of the total medals of the Games. All delegations managed to win medals.

List of countries/territories[edit]

Countries/territories that have participated[edit]

All-time medal table[edit]

Lusophony Games medal count
Pos Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Brazil 64 43 32 139
2  Portugal 55 72 48 175
3  India 38 29 35 102
4  Macau 16 15 33 64
5  Sri Lanka 10 13 18 41
6  Angola 9 12 25 46
7  Mozambique 8 7 10 25
8  Cape Verde 3 8 16 27
9  Guinea-Bissau 2 1 1 4
9  São Tomé and Príncipe 1 3 7 11
11 East Timor East Timor 0 0 2 2
12  Equatorial Guinea 0 0 0 0
Total 206 203 227 636

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Sports[edit]

So far there are not any regulations concerning the list of sports that should be included in the Games schedule. The sports chosen for the 1st edition were discussed and deliberated by the ACOLOP's members on general assembly, but without any principle of future 'core' and 'rotating' sports from a list of approved ones.

However, on 14 October 2006, the president of the organizing committee for the 2009 Lusophony Games, José Vicente de Moura, mentioned the possibility of the ACOLOP proposing four or five core sports to be included on every future edition, plus the prerogative for the host country to propose three of four more to a maximum of nine sports. In 2009 edition (Lisbon) 1500 athletes participated from 12 countries. In the football tournament five U-20 national teams competed.[4] The sport marked with an asterisk (*) means that it has a demonstration event.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jogos da Lusofonia - Portugal e Índia são valor acrescentado" (in Portuguese). A União - Jornal Online. 
  2. ^ "Lusofonia Games postponed on account of incomplete infrastructure". The Hindu. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  3. ^ http://lusofoniagames2014.gov.in/common/mt_med_main.htm
  4. ^ "Lisboa 2009 Football tournament" (in Spanish). Periodismo de fútbol internacional. 

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