Four years after the first Mediterranean Beach Games in Pescara, several teams and athletes are coming to Patras to defend their titles.
The Tunisia National Beach Handball Team that won the gold medal in Pescara wants to keep the crown relying on famous players such as Mohamed Khalil Ben Mida, Marwane Soussi, Aimen Touzi. In addition, the Cyprus National team that won the silver medal returns to Patras with Christos Argyrou, Christos Hatziefraim and George Stylianou.
In Beach Soccer, Italy is going for back to back titles, with a strong squad adorned by Francesco Corosiniti, Simone Del Mestre, Michele Di Palma, Gabriele Gori, Simone Marinai, Pietro Angelo Palazzolo, Paolo Palmacci, Dario Ramacciotti, Stephano Spada, Emanuele Zurlo.
The Italian swimmer Erica Barbon
Turkey will also try to remain at the top of the Beach Volleyball tournament in Patras with Murat Giginoglu and Volkan Gogtepe. Algerian wrestler Bilel Hadri in the 80kg category will go for another gold as well as the Italian swimmer Erica Barbon who won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals for years ago in the fin-swimming events.
Regarding Greece, the aim to return to the podium inspires Sofia Ktena (one gold and one silver medal in fin-swimming), George Arniakos (bronze in the 5km race in Open Water Swimming) and George Koulouhidis (bronze in the 80kg category in Beach Wrestling).
The Greek Sofia Ktena