2018 Mediterranean Games

The 2018 Mediterranean Games (Spanish: Juegos Mediterráneos de 2018), officially known as the XVIII Mediterranean Games (Spanish: XVIII Juegos Mediterráneos) and commonly known as Tarragona 2018, was an international multi-sport event held from 22 June to 1 July 2018 in Tarragona, Spain. Tarragona was announced as the host city at the ICMG General Assembly in Mersin, Turkey, on 15 October 2011.

XVIII Mediterranean Games
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Emblem of the 2018 Mediterranean Games
Host cityTarragona
CountrySpain
Edition18th
Nations participating26
Debuting countriesKosovo
Athletes participating4,541
Sport(s)28
Events244
Opening ceremony22 June
Closing ceremony1 July
Officially opened byFelipe VI of Spain
Main venueNou Estadi

Bidding processEdit

The host city was announced during the ICMG General Assembly scheduled which took place in Mersin, Turkey (host of the 2013 Mediterranean Games) on 15 October 2011.[1] The final candidates were Alexandria and Tarragona, where Tarragona won the vote 36–34.[2]

Alexandria hosted the first Mediterranean Games and planned to build a new Olympic Village for the 2017 Mediterranean Games in the iconic South Mediterranean city.

Under the motto "History making history", Tarragona planned to take the Games to Spain for the third time after the 1955 Mediterranean Games in Barcelona and the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Almería.

2018 Mediterranean Games bidding results
City NOC Round 1
Tarragona   Spain 36
Alexandria   Egypt 34

Development and preparationEdit

Concerns and controversiesEdit

 
Tarracus

On 9 November 2016, it was announced by the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (ICMG) that Tarragona was postponing its hosting of the Mediterranean Games from 2017 to 2018 due to funding problems caused by Spanish political and economical instability.[5]

Some doubts were expressed in 2017 about the holding of the games due to the 2017 Spanish constitutional crisis after the Catalan government unilaterally declared independence on 27 October 2017.[6][7][8]

MarketingEdit

Tarracus, a humanoid character wearing a Roman helmet, was unveiled as the mascot for 2018 Mediterranean Games in May 2016.[9] The pattern on the helmet plume is based on the flag of Tarragona.

The GamesEdit

SportsEdit

The 2018 Mediterranean Games sports program featured 28 sports encompassing 244 events. The number of events in each discipline is noted in parentheses. Triathlon was the only new sport added to the Mediterranean Games program. Equestrian and Golf came back after being absent in Mersin. Disabled events were held in swimming and athletics. Basketball tournament would be held in the 3x3 format. Boxing and football are going to hold only men's events, while Rhythmic Gymnastics would be women's only. The number in paratheses next to the sport is the number of medal events per sport.

2018 Mediterranean Games sports programme

Participating nationsEdit

The 2018 Mediterranean Games were the first Games in which Kosovo was eligible to participate.

Participating National Committees

CalendarEdit

 ●  Opening ceremony  ●  Competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
June / July
Sport 22nd
Fri
23rd
Sat
24th
Sun
25th
Mon
26th
Tue
27th
Wed
28th
Thu
29th
Fri
30th
Sat
1st
Sun
Ceremonies
  Archery 4
  Artistic gymnastics 2 2 10
  Athletics 5 7 11 12
  Badminton 2 2
  Basketball 2
  Beach volleyball 2
  Bowls 4 5
  Boxing 9
  Canoeing 5
  Cycling 2 2
  Equestrian 1 1
  Fencing 2 2
  Football 1
  Golf 4
  Handball 1 1
  Judo 5 5 4
  Karate  7 3
  Rhythmic gymnastics 1
  Rowing 6
  Sailing 4
  Shooting 2 4
  Swimming 13 13 14
  Table tennis 2 2
  Taekwondo 3 3 2
  Tennis 2 2
  Triathlon 2
  Volleyball 2
  Water polo 1 1
  Water skiing 2
  Weightlifting 4 6 4 6 4
  Wrestling 5 4 5
Total 0 28 41 29 22 22 21 31 46 4
Cumulative Total 0 28 69 98 120 142 163 194 240 244
June / July
Sport 22nd
Fri
23rd
Sat
24th
Sun
25th
Mon
26th
Tue
27th
Wed
28th
Thu
29th
Fri
30th
Sat
1st
Sun

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Spain)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Italy565644156
2  Spain*384044122
3  Turkey31253995
4  France28314099
5  Egypt18111645
6  Greece12142248
7  Serbia1211932
8  Morocco107724
9  Croatia95317
10  Tunisia6131332
11  Slovenia492336
12  Cyprus4228
13  Portugal381324
14  Kosovo3104
15  Algeria24713
16  Syria2237
17  Macedonia2136
18  San Marino2002
19  Bosnia and Herzegovina1135
20  Albania1102
21  Monaco0202
22  Montenegro0123
23  Lebanon0101
24  Malta0011
25  Andorra0000
  Libya0000
Totals (26 nations)244246294784

Source: Medal Standings

BroadcastingEdit

Territory Broadcaster Ref
  Albania RTSH
  Algeria EPTV
  Andorra and   Spain TV3 [10][11]
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Croatia HRT
  Cyprus CyBC
  France
  Greece ERT
  Italy RAI
  Macedonia MRT
 MENA
  Montenegro RTCG
  Morocco SNRT
  Portugal
  San Marino RAI
  Serbia RTS
  Slovenia RTV Slovenija
  Tunisia ERTT
  Turkey TRT

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tarragona aparca los Juegos Mediterráneos hasta 2017" (in Spanish). mundodeportivo.com. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Tarragona és escollida per organitzar els Jocs del Mediterrani de l'any 2017" (in Catalan). 324.cat. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Alexandria launches promotional campaign for 2017 Mediterranean Games bid". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Web oficial de la candidatura de Tarragona als XVIII Jocs Mediterranis". Tarragona 2017. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Tarragona postpone Mediterranean Games until 2018 due to Spanish political problems". insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Un Parlament semivacío consuma en voto secreto la rebelión contra el Estado". El Mundo (in Spanish). 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Los letrados del Parlament advierten de que la votación de la DUI es ilegal". 20 minutos (in Spanish). 27 October 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  8. ^ "PPC, PSC y Ciudadanos abandonarán el Parlament si se vota la resolución de Junts pel Sí y la CUP". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 27 October 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  9. ^ "TARRACUS". tarragona2018.cat. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  10. ^ "The CCMA and the Tarragona 2017 Foundation sign a collaboration agreement to broadcast the Mediterranean Games". tarragona2017.cat. 18 July 2016. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Tarragona 2017 Foundation and RTVE sign an agreement to broadcast the MG". cijm.org.gr. Retrieved 14 August 2016.