All Lusofone countries confirm participation

By John Edwards, Panaji, Jan 13 : The Lusofonia Games Organising Committee (LUGOC) has received entries from all countries of ACOLOP (Association of Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committee) for the prestigious international sporting event scheduled to be held from Jan 18 to Jan 29.

Goa, in its new character will play host to 739 athletes from the 12 participating countries.

CEO Lusofonia Games Keshav Chandra said India leads the participating nations with a total contingent strength of 200 athletes followed by Macau (China) with 112 athletes, Angola (75), Mozambique (80), Sri Lanka (64), Portugal (56), Sao Tome and Principe (35), Cape Verde (35), Guinea Bissau (29), East Timor (26), Equatorial Guinea (20) and Brazil (7).

From among the disciplines, athletics will be a major draw with a total participation of 174 athletes with participation from 11 participating countries.

India has the largest contingent with 40 male and 38 female athletes.

Chandra said that athletes from the 12 nations will compete in 9 different sporting disciplines - Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball and Wushu.

Beach Volleyball will see 10 countries participate in the action packed sport.

A temporary but state-of-the-art beach volleyball arena is being erected on the shores of the famous Miramar beach which will host the sport.

A total of 120 players from six nations will battle it out on the turf to emerge champions in Football.

Goa (India) will compete with Macau (China), Sri Lanka, Sao Tome and Principe, Mozambique and East-Timor.

East Timor (ranked 190 in the world) will make its Lusofonia Games football debut at this edition of the Games.

--IBNS (Posted on 13-01-2014)

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