If the glittering and dramatic evening of December 10 is any indication, the Lusofonia Games 2014 will surely light up the skies and the fortunes of athletes who participate in it.
The Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, and Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Chef-de-Missions of the participating countries, ACOLOP members, state officials, sportspersons, and other dignitaries marked their presence at the event. Padmashree Milkha Singh and ace tennis star Sania Mirza also graced the evening with their presence.
Dynamic Jojo, the official games mascot represents everything essentially Goan, a positive attitude, panache and awareness of a global citizen, a fierce competitor with a true spirit of sportsmanship. The Rooster, as a physical representation is very popular in Goa; mostly found in molded clay form as water storage vessels, majestic statuettes on rooftops and on gateposts and its colourful cutouts are often paraded at carnivals, festivals, etc. Roosters even find a mention in popular Goan folk songs.
While unveiling the official torch of the Games, Padmashree Milka Singh felt extremely honored to be a part of the impressive launch event of the Lusofonia Games. Sania Mirza also appreciated Lusofonia Games by saying, such events are important as they provide a platform for Indian players to showcase their sporting talents in different disciplines and build sportsmanship and forge better relations with different countries.
Mr. Manohar Parrikar said “Goa is looking forward to the Lusofonia Games”. To this Mr. Ramesh Tawadkar, Sports Minister, Government of Goa added, “The Games are about passion and competitive spirit. Goa is gearing up to host this international sporting event on a grand scale next month. This is going to be best sporting event ever held in the state.”
The spectators at Lusofonia Games launch event were later treated to an extravagant series of performances that embodied the theme of the games, aptly titled, ‘Panchatattva’. Some of the performances included troupes led by Fr. Cardozo, Kalangan, Lalan Desai and Mahesh Gawade. The splendid evening was hosted by Tisca Chopra, Charu Sharma and Siddhi Upadhye.
Music lit up the evening by the immaculate performance of Goa’s best known female music artists, Sonia Shirsat and Lorna, as they came together on stage to perform the official multilingual Games song, composed by Goan musician Mukesh Ghatwal.
Now after a successful launch event of Mascot, we are anticipating for successful run of the games in January 2014!!