India’s hunger for medals continues at Lusofonia Games 2014

One medal isn’t enough for the outperforming dynamic Indian super squad. After the men battled against each other for the ‘Men’s doubles Bronze Medal’, an hour later the women found themselves fighting it out for the ‘Women’s Singles Gold’ title.

It was a neck to neck game with both players determined to bag the Gold. Madhurika won the first set with a fierce motive. Self motivated and gushing with aggression Madhurika played with great intensity and skill. Shamini as her stature and game plan was composed and focused throughout. The match came down to a clenching nail biter as Shamini fought back with consistency in the last set beating her team mate with a final score of  4 – 2.

 Honoured and proud to play for her country, Shamini Kumaresan said, “Table tennis is all about focus and concentration and i did that today. I aspire to be the best someday and be number one in India as well. I loved the support from the crowd. It was truly incredible, especially yesterday for the team matches. Hearing them cheer I felt like I had to play for THEM (India).

 

We must say it’s raining medals for India as of now!!!

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Get Lusofonia Games Results Live!!

A delight for the Lusofonia fans as now they can simply log onto the website http://lusofoniagames2014.gov.in/index.htm for updated results, medal tallies, player profiles and schedules.

The credit goes to the technology team at the Lusofonia Games Organising Committee (LUGOC) which is working tirelessly to ensure that schedules results and information on key matches reaches out to the people. The back-end technology team is armed with high-end software that can now generate important statistics related to the Games in real time.

Mr JJR Anand, Technology Functional Area Head said, “The Lusofonia Games Management System (LGMS) has been designed by CMC Ltd. LGMS and aims at providing an efficient and simple solution for the complex and multi faceted Games environment”.

With the help of this system, all important information related to the Games like games schedule, start list, results, medal tallies, etc will be made available on the internet. Furthermore, separate lists of medal winners – country-wise and sport-wise, will be made available.

Mr. N Kameshwar Rao, Assistant General Manager, CMC Ltd. quotes, “The system gathers real-time information from different venues and generates error-free statistics. This cuts the use of paper and other hassles, as people can access information from the internet and make the desired use of it.”

So get ready guys to be updated about the riveting contest at Lusofonia Games 2014!

 

Round of applause by ACOLOP President Alex Vong

Alex Vong president of the ACOLOP 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 members across countries and continents come together to make the global event successful.

He further mentions that it will be unfair to compare Lusofonia Games 2014 with the earlier two editions of the event in Macau and Lisbon, as every country has its own respective culture.

India takes off Lusofonia Games 2014 with a positive start

An exciting start by Team Goa (India)   as  both men and women spikers notching a win in their respective matches held on the opening day of 3rd  Lusofonia Games

The matches featured Goa-India versus Macau and Goa-India versus Mozambique in the women’s and men’s categories respectively. Team Goa-India’s women spikers dispatched their Macanese opponents off in straight sets, with complete dominance over the course of the game.

At the end of the game, the Goa-India team Captain, Melinda Pereira, said, “A lot of it came down to the tenacity and hard work displayed the girls. Defensively, we worked very hard, and that was reflected in the scores.”

The Head Coach, R.P Tailor followed up on his star athlete’s point of view, saying, “A lot of the end result came down to effort and determination. The girls can be proud of their efforts on the court, and while we might well be guaranteed a medal, we won’t play with any less heart.”

The Macau squad was represented by their Captain, Lei Sin Kuan, who admitted her team, was found wanting, saying, “We had an uphill battle right from the start. The team fumbled a bit defensively, and at the end of the day, it cost us dearly. We can but hope that from here on, things will improve.”

The men’s match on the other hand, proved to be a dodgy affair that went down to the wire.

Round 1 saw Team Goa-India take the lead with a score of 25-17 (Time: 17 Minutes). While they won the round,  the score line indicates that they could not dominate the same. 
Round 2, saw Mozambique press the pedal clawing their way back into the game with a score of 25-21 (Time: 20 Minutes). But come Round 3, and the hosts simply decimated their opponent with a score of 25-10 (Time: 16 Minutes).

Reflecting on the victory, the Captain of the Indian squad Rama Krishna Dhawasker, opined, “The boys gave it their all. Mozambique is an agressive team, but we managed to overcome them.”

So we could say that India had a dream start to their Lusofonia Games 2014 Journey!!!

Open entry brings joyous moment for Lusofonia fans

The wave of celebration has begun with Lusofonia Games commencing in a week from now. The New Year has given us another reason to celebrate with Goan Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar opening the gates to the Lusofonia Games, Goa – 2014 and making it free to the public. The most awaited Sports event of the year, which will see the participation of 12 countries, will not be ticketed and sports enthusiasts can watch the Games free of cost.

The free entry for the spectators comes after a meeting with high-ranking Lusofonia Games Organising Committee (LUGOC) officials who believe in providing the best of sporting action to the public.

Even though the tickets had been designed earlier and their tentative prices were fixed, Mr. Parrikar took the decision to scrap the tickets and provide the finest sporting action to the people to enjoy all the events for free. The gesture is appreciated by sports enthusiasts looking forward to enjoy an International, multi-sport event like the Lusofonia Games 2014 that brings superlative talent on one turf.

The carpet is set to roll for all the sports lovers as excitement has another name Lusofonia Games 2014!! So guys, see you all at the games.

Lusofonia Fever begins with BFI landing in Goa for squad selection

The thrill of the games is filling the air, with anticipation on a rise as the countdown to the sporting event of the year, Lusofonia Games 2014 begins! Hosted by Goa this year, the 12 day sporting carnival will be conducted in nine sporting discipline , namely-  Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball and Wushu. The games scheduled to be held next month are a platform for athletes to exhibit and hone their skills and rise to victory! It is for this purpose that Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is conducting selection trials to shortlist the National Basketball team.

Scott Fleming, coach of the national basketball team along with coaches Chansoria and Abdul Hamid Khan have been conducting trials and meeting with potential players who will constitute the national basketball team. The tryouts have proved to be satisfactory for the coaches as they expressed pleasure while looking out for prospective players.

The selected team players will further go on to compete at the 29th Federation Cup National Basketball Championship to be held in Mumbai early next month . According to Coach K.K Chansoria, “An intense discussion regarding the selection of the squad is the next step on our agenda. Seven girls and 21 boys tried out at the Goa stage for selection. “

Now we can say that Goa is all set for an enthralling tournament where coaches are taking delight in selecting the best squad for Lusofonia Games 2014.

So be the part of this exhilarating contest where talent will meet success!!!

Jojo the majestic Rooster makes a grand entry at Lusofonia Games 2014

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!!

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