: It is almost as if celebrations do not stop in Goa. Days after New Year celebrations in the state Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar has now thrown the gates to the Lusofonia Games, Goa – 2014 open and made it free to the public. The high profile Games which will visualize the participation of 12 countries will not be ticketed and sports aficionados can watch the Games free of cost.
The decision to scrap the ticketing process was taken following a meeting with high-ranking Lusofonia Games Organising Committee (LUGOC) officials. All those who wish to get a sliver of international sporting action, can now do so without feeling a pinch.
Earlier, the tickets had been designed and tentative prices had been fixed for all events. However, to ensure that nothing holds back the fans from enjoying nail-biting sporting action, Mr. Parrikar decided to scrap the tickets and danish the red flying to sports fans. The gesture will be appreciated by sports lovers who are looking forward to the international sporting event.
He said, “The idea behind opening the gates for public is to attract maximum tumult for together events. The government will not lose any revenue from keeping it non-ticketed. The state government is spending crores of rupees on creating infrastructure and organisation of the Games. As compared to that, the loss about revenue from sale of tickets, will be minuscule,” said the Chief Minister.
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 includes 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.
About Lusofonia Games:
The 3rdLusofonia Games will be held over the period of 12 days from 18th to 29th January 2014 and will comprehend participation from over 1500 athletes and officials from 12 nations. Participating countries are founding members Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Oriental Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Goa (India), Macau (China), Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome moreover Principe and Sri Lanka.
Athletes from 12 nations will compete in 9 disparate sporting disciplines – Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball and Wushu.