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.
|Opening ceremony||22 June|
|Closing ceremony||1 July|
|Officially opened by||Felipe VI of Spain|
|Main venue||Nou Estadi|
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. The final candidates were Alexandria and Tarragona, where Tarragona won the vote 36–34.
|2018 Mediterranean Games bidding results|
Development and preparationEdit
Concerns and controversiesEdit
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.
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.
Tarracus, a humanoid character wearing a Roman helmet, was unveiled as the mascot for 2018 Mediterranean Games in May 2016. The pattern on the helmet plume is based on the flag of Tarragona.
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|
The 2018 Mediterranean Games were the first Games in which Kosovo was eligible to participate.
|Participating National Committees|
|●||Opening ceremony||●||Competitions||●||Event finals||●||Closing ceremony|
|June / July|
|June / July|
|19||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||1||3||5|
|Totals (26 nations)||244||246||294||784|
Source: Medal Standings
|Andorra and Spain||TV3|||
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
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