Manuel Silvério and Laurentino Dias met in Portugal Portuguese Government deems success for the 2nd Lusofonia Games 2007-05-22 18:35  MAIGOC


  The Portuguese Secretary of State for Youth and Sport,Laurentino Dias, reiterated the support of the Portuguese Government to theorganization of the Lisbon 2009, 2nd Lusofonia Games during ameeting earlier this week. “We believe that the second edition of the Games isgoing to be a success,” he stated in a meeting with the President of theAssociation of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic Committees (ACOLOP), ManuelSilvério, who is in Lisbon.The meeting with the Secretary hasprovided grounds for discussions of several subjects related to the Games, aswell as introducing other projects of ACOLOP. The ACOLOP multisports andcultural events to be held in Lisbon will bedeveloped by an organizing committee that will involve the PortugueseGovernment, the Municipalityof Lisbon and thePortuguese Olympic Committee, as well as other institutions and Lusofoniacommunities.

  “Lisbonhas a good network of sports venues that will match the demands of the Games,” underlinedLaurentino Dias. As for Manuel Silvério, he explained that at present ACOLOPmembers are being consulted on the event’s sports program. “We believe that theeight sports in the 1st Lusofonia Games should be maintained, toconsolidate the work that was started in Macau,”he furthered. “We are also considering in adding new components to the sports program,which there are several possibilities such as Swimming, Judo, Badminton and RollerHockey.”

  Manuel Silvério also referred to other projects ACOLOP isdeveloping, including the Association website to be launched soon.He referred to it as “a platform of communicationfor all our member Olympic Committees, and a tool to promote the sports and cultureof Lusofonia.” Manuel Silvério added that Macauis already preparing for all the necessary conditions to receive the various Lusofoniasports delegations to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Portuguese athletes will stayin Macao for trainingbefore arriving at the Chinese capital city for the Beijing Olympics, accordingto an agreement signed between the Portuguese Olympic Committee and the MacauOlympic Committee.