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The Lusophony Games (Portuguese: Jogos da Lusofonia) is a multinational multi-sport event organized by the ACOLOP, which involves athletes coming from Portuguese-speaking countries, namely those belonging to the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries), but also others where there are significant portuguese communities or that have a common past with Portugal.
Participating countries are founding members Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Macau (China), Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe, and associate members Equatorial Guinea, India and Sri Lanka. Ghana, Galicia (one of the autonomous communities of Spain) and Flores (an island of Indonesia) have also expressed the desire to participate in future events. <ref>JOGOS DA LUSOFONIA - Portugal e Índia são valor acrescentado — A União</ref>
Portugal has already been chosen to host the 2009 Games. India and Brazil have bid for the 2013 edition.
|Year||Edition||Date||Host city||Athletes (nations)|
|2006||I||7-15 October||Macau, China Image:Flag of Macau.svg||733 (11)|
|2009||II||tbc||Portugal Image:Flag of Portugal.svg||tbc|
|2013||III||tbc||Brazil Image:Flag of Brazil.svg [B], India Image:Flag of India.svg [B]||tbc|
|tbc - to be confirmed; [B] - bidding|
 Inaugural edition
The 1st Lusophony Games were given to and hosted by Macau, China, from 7 to 15 October, 2006, with 733 athletes coming from 11 countries (Equatorial Guinea didn't 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 big winners of the Games managing to grab 85% of the first Lusophony titles. All delegations managed to win medals, even unfancied East Timor got a bronze medal.
 List of countries/territories
 Countries/territories that have participated
- Image:Flag of Angola.svg Angola 2006
- Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 2006
- Image:Flag of Cape Verde.svg Cape Verde 2006
- Image:Flag of East Timor.svg East Timor 2006
- Image:Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Guinea-Bissau 2006
- Image:Flag of Macau.svg Macau, China 2006
- Image:Flag of Mozambique.svg Mozambique 2006
- Image:Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal 2006
- Image:Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg São Tomé and Príncipe 2006
- Image:Flag of India.svg India 2006
- Image:Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 2006
 Countries/territories still to participate
 List of sports
So far there aren't 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 October 14, 2006, the president of the organizing committee for the 2009 Lusophony Games, Vicente Moura, mentioned the possibility of the ACOLOP to propose four or five 'core' sports, to be included on every future edition, plus the prerrogative for the host country to propose three of four more to a maximum of nine sports. As of 2009, it could also be included a paralympic sport.<ref>1.os JOGOS DA LUSOFONIA - Missão faz balanço muito positivo — C.O.P.</ref>
Shown below are the sports included and the year of introduction.
 Sports included
- Athletics (2006—)
- Beach Volleyball (2006—)
- Basketball (2006—)
- Football (men: 2006—)
- Futsal (men: 2006—)
- Taekwondo (men: 2006—)
- Table Tennis (2006—)
- Volleyball (2006—)
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