|MEDITERRANEAN GAMES OF TARRAGONA POSTPONED TO 2018|
Following the request made by the Spanish Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee Tarragona 2017 (OCMGT), at a meeting held in Oran on 4 November 2016, the members of the ICMG Executive Committee unanimously agreed to postpone for one year (June 2018) the Mediterranean Games of Tarragona, originally scheduled to be held from 30 June to 9 July 2017.
The Executive Committee took note of all the explanations given by the OCMGT and fully understood the financial implications resulting from the inability to form a majority government in Spain for over ten months which has profoundly affected many sectors of the Spanish society.
The OCMGT is faced with an extremely complicated and difficult situation and the Mediterranean Games Tarragona 2017 would be inevitably affected as well. Under these circumstances it is obvious that the Games may no longer meet the high standards imposed by the ICMG Charter nor the Spanish tradition of excellence in organizing major sports events.
The ICMG has been following very closely the progress of preparations which continue despite the setbacks. Indeed, this reflects the strong commitment and determination of the OCMGT to organize an edition of the Mediterranean Games of the highest possible level and the ICMG congratulates the OCMGT for this perseverance of theirs.
Fully aware of the current situation and in accordance with the principles of solidarity and good friendship enacted by the ICMG Charter, taking into consideration the fact that there is now a new government in Spain able to respect the previous commitments, and after having examined possible alternatives, the ICMG Executive Committee has accepted the solution to postpone the celebration of the XVIII edition of the Mediterranean Games for one year, from 22 June to 1 July 2018.
In addition, and as a token of the unfailing commitment of the OCMG Tarragona to the Mediterranean Games, it has been agreed to organize in Tarragona the meetings scheduled by the ICMG which are deemed necessary for its proper functioning and in particular the ICMG General Assembly and the Chefs de Mission Seminar which are going to be held in Tarragona from 9 to 13 October 2017.