No Samba music at Goa games

 As if the missed deadlines and shoddy state of preparedness weren’t enough, the organisers of the Lusofonia Games in Goa have been dealt another body blow with Brazil deciding not to send its football and volleyball teams.

Portugal has only agreed to send its ‘C’ level soccer side. The Goans, thus, have been deprived of an opportunity to watch the highly-skilled Brazilian footballers in action.
Brazil’s former sports minister Bernard Razjman, had told the organisers during his last visit to Goa that it would take a lot of money to bring the champion football side here.

“Same was his view for Brazil’s volleyball team which is one of the best sides in the world. Bringing both teams here involve a lot of money but they should have come here to play. Football is Goa’s state sport and Brazil would have added a lot of sheen to the Games,” an official said.

Portugal also expressed helplessness to send its top-notch football team for the third edition of the Games citing crammed international calendar, which effectively means the Games has lost its sheen to a great extent.

Lusofonia Games is a multi-sport event organised by the ACOLOP, which involves athletes coming from Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries, namely those belonging to the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries), and also others where there are significant Portuguese communities or that have a common past with the Iberian country.

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