20-01-2014 …. :All’s well that begins well, according to Alex Vong president of the ACOLOP, who has credited the LUGOC, Goa government and the Goa Olympic Association for making the Lusofonia Games happen, despite adversities.
Vong addressed a press conference at the Dr. Shyam Prasad Mukherjee stadium at the Goa University, where he described the grand Opening Ceremony as “fantastic” thanking all the stakeholders for putting together the amazing show.
“I would like to thank the Government of Goa, Organizing Committee and Goa Olympic Association for their successful opening last night as it was fantastic. I am looking forward to further success,” Vong stated.
Patting the Lusofonia Games 2014 stakeholders, Vong said: “After the Games were postponed from November to December, due to certain difficulties of their own, the members in the NOC have tried their very best to take part in the games and support the ACOLOP in Lusofonia Games. All the members support Lusofonia games and Goa Olympics Association.”
As per Vong, the Lusofonia Games are all about Unity in Diversity, where all Lusofone members across countries and continents come together to make the global event successful.
Asked to compare the Lusofonia Games 2014 with the earlier two editions of the event in Macau and Lisbon, Vong said, it was not an easy thing to do.
“It is very difficult to compare because each of the editions of the Lusofonia Games is held in a different country and they have their respective culture. We do not believe that it is fair to compare, and we have received positive comments from all the members of the NOC.
Even though we encountered a number of difficulties, finally we, particularly through the efforts of the organisers, have come to this stage and we have the games inaugurated,” he said.
The Lusofonia Games 2014 got off to a scintillating start to jam-packed crowds at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Fatorda, in Goa.