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Angola participates in the Lusophony Games, a multi-sport event for Portuguese-speaking countries. Angola participated in the 2006 games in Macau, the first edition of the Lusophony Games.[1] Angola has sent athletes to all three editions of the Lusophony Games and won medals at all three. Angola did not win any gold medals in 2006 but has won gold medals at all Games since, with four in 2009 and five in 2014.

Angola at the
Lusophony Games
Flag of Angola.svg
Flag of Angola
IOC codeANG
NOCAngolan Olympic Committee
Websitecomiteolimpicoangolano.com/pt
Medals
Ranked 6th
Gold
9
Silver
12
Bronze
25
Total
46

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BackgroundEdit

The Lusophony Games is a multinational multi-sport event for countries that are Portuguese-speaking.[2] The name of the Games comes from the term Lusophone which is a name for Portuguese-speaking people.[3] The competition is organised by the Association of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committees (Portuguese: Associação dos Comités Olímpicos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa) (ACOLOP) which is an Olympic-related not-for-profit organisation.[2][4] The Lusophony Games is contested by Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Sri Lanka as well as the Indian state of Goa.[5]

Angola was a Portuguese colony between 1575 and 1975 before gaining independence in the Angolan War of Independence.[6][7] Portuguese is the national language of Angola.[8] Alongside the Lusophony Games, Angola also competes at other multi-sport games such as the Olympics.[9]

2006Edit

The first Lusophony Games was the 2006 edition held in Macau, which is an autonomous territory of China.[5] In total, 773 athletes competed at the Games with 58 of them Angolan.[2][10] The Angolan delegation was the fourth largest at the Games with Macau (155), Portugal (140) and Brazil (74) the countries with larger delegations than Angola.[10] The Angolan men's national basketball team reached the final of the men's basketball competition where they lost 59–53 to Portugal.[11] In the men's football competition, Angola won the silver medal after reaching the final, where they eventually lost to Portugal 2–0.[12] Angola won the bronze medal in the men's futsal.[13] Overall, Angola won a total of five medals with three silvers and two bronzes.[14] They finished seventh out of eleven countries on the medal table.[14]

2009Edit

The second Lusophony Games was held in Lisbon, Portugal.[2] At the Games, Angola won four gold medals.[15] The gold medalists were Cândido Cândido and Maria Celeste Manuel (both competing in the disabled athletics),[16] Antónia Moreira in Judo,[17] and the men's basketball team, who beat Cape Verde in the final of their competition.[18] In other team sports, Angola won a bronze medal in men's football, and a bronze medal in men's futsal.[19][20] Overall, Angola finished third in the medal tally with four golds, one silver and nine bronzes.[15] The two countries that beat Angola were Brazil and Portugal.[15]

2014Edit

The 2014 Lusophony Games was held in Goa, India.[21] Angola won five gold medals.[22] These were achieved by Osvaldo Morais (athletics men's 100 metres),[23] Alexandre João (athletics men's 10 kilometres),[23] Felismina Cavela (athletics women's 800 metres),[23] Antónia Moreira (Judo)[24] and Mario Rafael (Judo).[24] Angola won silver medals in both the men's and women's basketball competitions.[25] In total, Angola won 27 medals at the 2014 Games, with five golds, eight silvers, and 14 bronzes.[22] They finished fifth on the medal tally, behind India, Portugal, Macau and Sri Lanka.[22]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Lusophone". Oxford Dictionary. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Associação dos Comités Olímpicos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa" (in Portuguese). ACOLOP. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b Jha, S.N. (2016). Yearly Current Affairs 2016. Kalinjar Publications. p. 283. ISBN 9351721035.
  6. ^ Manuel, Paul Christopher; Lyon, Alynna; Wilcox, Clyde (2012). Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World. Lexington Books. p. 23. ISBN 0739176811.
  7. ^ "History of Angola". History World. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Languages in Angola". Just Landed. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Angola". Sports Reference. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  10. ^ a b "1st Lusophone Games officially open today in Macau". ASemana. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Portugal: Elvis Leaves Angola All Shook Up". FIBA Europe. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Jogos da Lusofonia 2006 (Macao)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Jogos da Lusofonia 2006 Futsal (Macao)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Olimpo" (PDF). Olympic Committee of Portugal. p. 14. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  15. ^ a b c "Jogos da Lusophonia" (in Portuguese). Lisbon 2009. Archived from the original on 19 December 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Angola: Adapted Sports Medals Included in General Standing". AllAfrica.com. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Lusophone Games Lisbon". JudoInside.com. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Angola triumphs at Lusophony Games". FIBA Africa. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Futebol" (in Portuguese). Lisbon 2009. Archived from the original on 19 December 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  20. ^ "Futsal" (in Portuguese). Lisbon 2009. Archived from the original on 19 December 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  21. ^ "Lusofonia Games, Goa-2014". Goa 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  22. ^ a b c "Lusofonia Games 2014 Goa Medal Tally, Medal Table". Indian Crux. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  23. ^ a b c "Lusofonia Games 2014 Goa Athletics Results". Indian Crux. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  24. ^ a b "Top Medal Winners". Goa 2014. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  25. ^ "India win Basketball Men's Gold at Lusofonia Games 2014". India at Sports. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2016.