"Lusofonia medals to depict Unity and Pride"

By John Edwards, Panaji, Jan 7 : Medal winners at the upcoming Lusofonia Games 2014 will be hanging around their necks the glittering symbols of 'Unity and Pride'.

According to Neville Fernandes, co-designer of the Lusofonia Games medals and lanyards, the designs had been conceived with two key elements in mind - Unity and Pride.

"The front side of the medal has the Lusofonia logo in the center and the logo of ACOLOP (association of the Portuguese speaking Olympic committees) at the rear side. The bottom of the medal has curvy elements that signify the sea waves in a graphic form," he said.

Another designer Maria Lacerda said, "The cross shaped circle on the edge of the medal signifies unity as they are many lines crossed on each together. The lanyard has also been designed with the same thought process where we have drawn connection from the color schemes of the Lusofonia Games logo and the colour pattern of the Indian Flag."

The preparations of Lusofonia Games in Goa is currently going on with an attempt to make the international sporting event a grand success.

The Lusofonia Games Organizing Committee has procured a total of 693 victory medals which comprise of 221 gold, 221 silver and 251 bronze medals.

To dismiss the possibility of inconvenience in an unruly event of loss of medals, the organising committee has kept a 10 percent buffer rate on the actual number of medals.

Similarly, 1500 commemorative medals have been obtained from the above mentioned government agency.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-01-2014)

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