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Glittering symbols of “Unity and Pride”; that’s what medal winners at the Lusofonia Games 2014 will be proudly hanging around their necks. Their coveted prize for sweat, guts and glory.

According to Neville Fernandes, co-designer of the Lusofonia Games medals and lanyards, the designs had been conceived with two key elements in mind – Unity and Pride. The front side of the medal has the Lusofonia logo in the center and the logo of ACOLOP at the rear side. The bottom of the medal has curvy elements that signify the sea waves in a graphic form,” he said.

The other designer on the project Ms. Maria Lacerda adds, “The cross shaped circle on the edge of the medal signifies unity as they are many lines crossed on each other together. The lanyard has also been designed with the same thought process where we have drawn connection from the color schemes of the Lusofonia Games logo and the colour pattern of the Indian Flag.”

The preparations of Lusofonia Games, Goa – 2014 have been going on tirelessly, with the idea of making this international sporting event a grand success. The attention to detail given to the tiniest aspect of the Games, is evident from the design and artworks of various elements of the Games.

The prestigious medals of Lusofonia Games, Goa – 2014 are merely an example of the collaborative efforts put into the preparations of the Lusofonia Games where CEO, Lusofonia Games, Mr. Keshav Chandra also added his inputs before the final design took shape.

Speaking about the substance used to produce the medals, Ms. Moqierish Tak, Project Officer, Sport FA, LUGOC, says, “The victory medals have been made out of Tombac Bronze and the gold and silver medals have been plated with gold and silver respectively. The commemorative medals have taken shape out of Copper-nickel alloy. The medals have been produced by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited, Kolkata.”

The LUGOC has procured a total of 693 victory medals which comprise of 221 gold, 221 silver and 251 bronze medals. To dismiss the possibility of inconvenience in an unruly event of loss of medals, the organising committee has kept a 10% buffer rate on the actual number of medals. Similarly, 1500 commemorative medals have been obtained from the above mentioned government agency.

The dimensions for the victory medals are as follows:

–       Thickness: 0.6 cm

–       Diameter: 6.5 cm

–       Weight: Approximately 160-180 grams

The dimensions of the commemorative medals are as follows:

–       Thickness: 0.6 cm

–       Diameter: 5 cm

–       Weight: Approximately 100 grams

The dimensions of the lanyards are as follows:

–       Width: 20 mm

The Lusofonia Games are among the largest and the most prestigious multinational, multi-sport games in the world organized by ACOLOP (Associação dos Comités Olímpicos de Língua Oficial Portugues), which involves athletes coming from Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries.

Athletes from 12 nations will compete in the 9 different sporting disciplines – Athletics, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball and Wushu.