19-01-2014 :GOA, January 2014: Inspired by the level of support and enthusiasm shown by Goans and sports-lovers in the run-up to the Lusofonia Games 2014 and during the packed to capacity opening ceremony on Saturday evening, the Goa government has made access to Goa’s biggest sporting extravaganza even simpler.
Sports aficionados now, will not even have to take the trouble of picking up a pass from the distribution points announced earlier. If you want to watch a sporting event at any of the Lusofonia Games 2014 venues, all you will now have to do is, land up at the venue and pick up a free ticket at the venue itself.
This new arrangement will help sports lovers to enjoy the sporting events with minimum hassle. A sufficient number of tickets are being made available at every Games’ venues and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The earlier one lands up, the more the chances of getting access.
Inspired by Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, the organisers of the Lusofonia Games 2014 had decided to throw open the gates to the Games earlier this month.
Earlier, the tickets had been designed and tentative prices had been fixed for all events. The Lusofonia Games are among the largest and the most prestigious multinational, multi-sport games in the world organized by ACOLOP (Associação dos Comités Olímpicos de Língua Oficial Portugues), which involves athletes coming from Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries.
Athletes from 12 nations will compete in the 9 different sporting disciplines – Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball and Wushu.
The 3rdLusofonia Games will be held over the period of 12 days from 18th to 29th January 2014 and will see participation from over 1500 athletes and officials from 12 nations. Participating countries are founding members Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Goa (India), Macau (China), Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Sri Lanka.
Athletes from 12 nations will compete in 9 different sporting disciplines – Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball and Wushu.