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Macau, China will host the 1st Lusofonia Games in 7-15 Oct 2006. The Lusofonia Games, inspired by the Commonwealth Games and the Francophon Games, is the game for all countries and regions which share the common Portuguese heritage.

Participate teams will come from all members and associate members of The Association of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committees (ACOLOP), which inculdes formal members Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Macao (China), Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome & Principe, East Timor and the associate members Equatorial Guinea, India (mostly from Goa) and Sri Lanka.

The host Macau was a Portuguese settlement at the South China coast since the 17th century. It was handover to China in 1999. Afer the handover Macau becomes a Special Autonomy Region in China, who enjoys full autonomy apart from dipolmatic and military affairs. The Portuguese language is still an official language in Macau.

Here is the official website of the game:

http://www.macau2006.org

Website of the Macau SAR Government:

http://www.gov.mo

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Interesting. But odd that the first "Lusofonia" Games (What will the Opening Ceremony be? A recreation of the sinking of the Lusitania?") would be in the farthest colony -- and not in Portugal or Brazil.

What's next? The:

- Alemagnophone Games (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, RSA, one of the Congos)

- the Belgique Games (w/ our very own Mlle. Tradeau being 'Chief Bitch' spokeswoman of the Games) (Belgium and the Belgian Congo)

- the Mezo-American, pre-Columbian Games (the descendants of the Mayans, Incas, Aztecs, the Olmecs, the Toltecs, etc.) THis will feature Games that 'palenque' Games with the losing team being hurled to death!!

- the Silent Games (all Deaf attendees; no need for Official spoken language) -- probably the quietest AND most universal of ALL!!

- the Romany Games (i.e., the Gypsies. They will all try to steal from each other!!)

- the Left-Handed Games (LEFTIES of THE WORLD, UNITE!!)

- the Transgender Games (everyone who was once a man or a woman, and now is the other)!

- the Assyrian Games (No attendance) :lol:

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Equatorial Guinea? I was a Spanish colony and they speak Spanish :huh:

Fernando Poo y Annobon fueron portuguesas hasta que fueron cedidas a España en 1778.

En Annobon aún se habla un criollo portugués.Guinea Ecuatorial también pertenece a la francofonia y si encuentran un pretexto se meten en la Commonwealth...Obiang no tiene excrupulos

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Equatorial Guinea? I was a Spanish colony and they speak Spanish :huh:

So? Mozambique plays in the Commonwealth Games, too.

And why shouldn't these games exist? Portuguese is one of the most globally spoken languages (+200 million) and is official in quite some countries. And, most important, despite all the colonialism the lusophone countries share a great deal of friendship among themselves.

Macau was chosen, because of the experience and available infrastructures (they just hosted the East-Asian Games and will host the 2nd Asian Indoor Champs). Why should they had been in Portugal or Brazil? Weren't the first CWG in Hamilton, Canada? And the fisrt Jeux de la Francophonie in... Morocco? :rolleyes: Anyway, the 2nd Lusophony Games will be indeed held in Portugal in 2009 and most likely, by Brazil in 2013.

The OC was very well organized with a show artistic and culturally very rich. A sample of the cultures of the 4 continents participating (chinese dances, brazilian samba and vibe, portuguese fado and folklore dances, african tribal beats), the parade of delegations, the speeches, the raising of the flags and the lighting of the cauldron. Great level for a 1st edition with only 7 sports and 11 delegations (~750 athletes).

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É bom ver esses tipos de celebração da nossa língua Portuguesa.

Aqui no Brasil, há alguns meses atrás criaram o primeiro museu totalmente dedicado a língua natal: o Português, no mundo, fica em São Paulo, em uma histórica estação de trens.

Agora os Jogos Lusofônicos, excelente oportunidade pra integrar mais os países que falam essa língua.

Viva Portugal que introduziu a língua nos países. Viva o Brasil, que apesar de do território continental, preserva-a do Iapóque ao Chuí(municipíos extremos brasileiros, norte e sul). Viva os países africanos que a acolheram como língua oficial.

Esse meu post em Português também é uma homenagem.

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Anyway, the 2nd Lusophony Games will be indeed held in Portugal in 2009 and most likely, by Brazil in 2013.

Are you sure Brazil can handle the smaller Games? I mean they're only going for the World Cup and the Olympic Games. Why should they bother with an 11-nation tournament wherein they will all but demolish the competition anyway? :rolleyes:

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Are you sure Brazil can handle the smaller Games? I mean they're only going for the World Cup and the Olympic Games. Why should they bother with an 11-nation tournament wherein they will all but demolish the competition anyway? :rolleyes:

It may not be that way in other communities... but among the portuguese-speaking countries there is an intimate and strong sense of belonging and unity. The fact a country could be or not far superior than the rest, sporting-wise, does not damage at all the pride of BEING at the Games. A good example is East Timor - they had no preparation for these Games YET they gladly came to Macau and played all the sports they could. Other member countries actually PAID east-timorese expenses, so they could be there B)

If they didn't intend to organize such 'smaller games' as you put it - why the bid? :rolleyes: I believe the brazilians would be very glad to host such a new, still-growing event... among their bigger bids at WC 2014 and OG 2016.

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Wow, first the East Asian Games, now this event, next year the Indoor Asian Games. The three islands are doing very nicely for themselves. Pity that they can't send a team to the Olympics :P

edit: spelling correction/typing error

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Thats got to hurt...

Futsal

Brazil 76- East Timor 0

76 goals in a 40 minutes game...

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Unless Brazil "de-Balkanizes" into a dozen or more states, I don't exactly see new Portuguese-speaking nations and/or territories coming up to add more delegations to these "Lucy-Tanya Games"? :blink:

I wasn't mentioning the event's growth by adding more countries/regions (it's hard, but not impossible) but by adding more athletes, through more sports (handball, swimming...)

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Metal Table

Position - Country - G - S- B

1 Brazil 29 19 9 57

2 Portugal 12 18 21 51

3 Sri Lanka 3 2 1 6

4 Mozambique 3 0 3 6

5 Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) 1 1 4 6

6 Macau 0 3 11 14

7 Angola 0 3 2 5

8 India 0 1 2 3

8 Sao Tome & Principe 0 1 2 3

10 Guinae-Bissau 0 0 1 1

10 East Timor 0 0 1 1

12 Equatorial Guinea 0 0 0 0

Total 48 48 57 153

As you see, East Timor wasn´t the last this time....

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Metal Table

Position - Country - G - S- B

1 Brazil 29 19 9 57

2 Portugal 12 18 21 51

3 Sri Lanka 3 2 1 6

4 Mozambique 3 0 3 6

5 Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) 1 1 4 6

6 Macau 0 3 11 14

7 Angola 0 3 2 5

8 India 0 1 2 3

8 Sao Tome & Principe 0 1 2 3

10 Guinae-Bissau 0 0 1 1

10 East Timor 0 0 1 1

12 Equatorial Guinea 0 0 0 0

Total 48 48 57 153

As you see, East Timor wasn´t the last this time....

Equatorial Guinea didn't field any athletes, so basically... they were last :P

Oh great! So any news on the host of the 3rd edition of the game? I think Brazil would be a good choice.

Last time I had news, Brazil and India intended to bid for 2013.

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Now Portuguese Commonwealth Games under cloud

The Portuguese Commonwealth Games due in Goa a year from now seem to be going the way the preparations for the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games went - at least as far as controversy is concerned.

After years of stumbling and struggling to create adequate infrastructure for the sporting event of Portuguese-speaking nations, a ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator has now raised the banner of revolt against the Games.

Vishnu Wagh, a firebrand legislator, has said that it was "ridiculous" and "out of place" for Goa to "even participate, forget hosting the Games", because Goa was neither Portuguese-speaking nor a nation.

"The Lusofonia Games are for those nations who are Portuguese-speaking. Goa is not a nation. Neither is Goa Portuguese-speaking. So what is the basis of our state hosting the games?" Wagh asked.

The Lusofonia Games are being organised by the Goa government along with the Associacao dos Comites Olimpicos de Lingua Oficial Portuguesa (ACOLOP), a collective of officials from Portuguese-speaking nations, in charge of conducting the Games held every four years.

Apart from sports like football, athletics, judo, table tennis and swimming, the Games also feature events like sepak takraw, a cross-bred sport with elements of volleyball and football and futsal, an abridged, but swift-paced football variation.

Over a dozen countries, including Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Angola participate in the games.

Wagh said that the state was unnecessarily committing resources for the Games, especially at a time when the state economy was facing an economic downturn following the ban on iron ore mining.

"Let us create infrastructure where our boys can play. We do not need to spend these huge volumes of money for these games. It is a waste. I am going to raise the issue with my party. I am also willing to take the issue to the people, if need be," Wagh said.

Goa, a Portuguese colony from 1498 to 1961, won the bid for the games in 2009, when the state was ruled by a Congress-led coalition government. The bidding process in Lisbon was aggressively backed by Congress state president Subhash Shirodkar, who was then president of the Goa Olympic Association (GOA).

However, from 2009, promises made by the Goa government to the ACOLOP as far as creating infrastructure for hosting of the games were not honoured, leading the ACOLOP to even threaten that Goa might be dropped as the venue.

Added to that were controversies and scandals which dropped out of Goa's Lusofonia cupboard, with the opposition targeting then sports minister Manohar Azgaonkar for giving clearances to five-star hotels and other mega projects in the guise of creating sports infrastructure.

After the BJP stormed to power earlier this year, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the new president of the Goa Olympic Association (GOA), however, laid out the red carpet for ACOLOP officials, promising them delivery of the infrastructure for the Games before November 2013.

"We can have modern stadiums. We have the time. In fact, we will strive to have everything in place three or four months before the start of the games in November," Parrikar said.

NY Daily News

Dear! Can India get a hosting gig right?

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