Lusophony Games

The Lusophony Games (Portuguese: Jogos da Lusofonia) is a multinational multi-sport event organized by the ACOLOP, which involves athletes coming from Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries, most countries competing are countries that are members of the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries), but some are countries with significant Portuguese communities or have a history with Portugal[1]

Lusophony Games
Official logo of the ACOLOP
Genresports event
Frequencyevery 4th year
Inaugurated2006 (2006)
Organised byACOLOP

Participating countries are founding members Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau (Chinese SAR), Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe, and associate members Equatorial Guinea, India and Sri Lanka. In addition, Ghana, Flores (an island of Indonesia), Mauritius and Morocco have also expressed the desire to participate in future events.[2]

This event is similar in concept to the Commonwealth Games (for members of the Commonwealth of Nations) and the Jeux de la Francophonie (for the Francophone community).


Year Edition Date Host country Host city Athletes (nations)
2006 I 7–15 October  Macao Macau 733 (11)
2009 II 11–19 July  Portugal Lisbon 1300 (12)
2014 III 18–29 January  India Goa[3] 7000 (12)
2018 IV cancelled  Mozambique Maputo cancelled
2021 V TBD  Angola Luanda TBD

The 2017 Games were awarded to Mozambique. However, as of November 2017, they had not taken place. A delegation from CPLP met with officials in São Tomé e Príncipe about holding the Games there in July 2018.[4]

Inaugural edition

The 1st Lusophony Games were hosted by Macau, from 7 to 15 October 2006, comprising 733 athletes from 11 countries (Equatorial Guinea did not field any athletes), some of which are international sports stars.

In competition were a total of 48 events distributed between 8 sports: athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, football, futsal, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball. Portugal and Brazil were the top medal collectors of the Games, managing to grab 85% of the titles. These two countries acquired 71% of the total medals of the Games. All delegations won medals.

List of countries/territories

Countries that have participated

All-time medal table

Lusophony Games medal count
Pos Country Total
1 Brazil 644332139
2 Portugal 557248175
3 India 382935102
4 Macau 16153364
5 Sri Lanka 10131841
6 Angola 9122546
7 Mozambique 871025
8 Cape Verde 381627
9 Guinea-Bissau 2114
9 São Tomé and Príncipe 13711
11 East Timor 0022
12 Equatorial Guinea 0000



So far there are not any regulations concerning the list of sports that should be included in the Games schedule. The sports chosen for the 1st edition were discussed and deliberated by the ACOLOP's members on general assembly, but without any principle of future 'core' and 'rotating' sports from a list of approved ones.

However, on 14 October 2006, the president of the organizing committee for the 2009 Lusophony Games, José Vicente de Moura, mentioned the possibility of the ACOLOP proposing four or five core sports to be included on every future edition, plus the prerogative for the host country to propose three of four more to a maximum of nine sports. In 2009 edition (Lisbon) 1500 athletes participated from 12 countries. In the football tournament five U-20 national teams competed.[6] The sport marked with an asterisk (*) means that it has a demonstration event.

See also


  1. "Lusophony Games". Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. "Jogos da Lusofonia - Portugal e Índia são valor acrescentado" (in Portuguese). A União - Jornal Online. Archived from the original on 15 March 2007.
  3. "Lusofonia Games postponed on account of incomplete infrastructure". The Hindu. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  4. "CPLP engajada com Jogos em São Tomé e Príncipe". A Nação (Cape Verde). 9 November 2017. Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Lisboa 2009 Football tournament" (in Spanish). Periodismo de fútbol internacional.

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