Algeria, November 8, 2016 - The President of the International Committee of Mediterranean Games (ICMG) Amar Addadi informed all the National Olympic Committees - members of the ICMG that the Mediterranean Games, which were to be held in July 2017 in Tarragona in Spain, are postponed until June 2018.
The Executive Board of the ICMG unanimously agreed to postpone the term after the President of the Organizing Committee and the Mayor of Tarragona, Josep Fèlix Ballesteros, and the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco, at a meeting held on November 4, 2016 in Oran, explained the difficulties occurred because in ten months Spain did not achieve to form a majority government, which had serious consequences for funding.
"In these circumstances, it is clear that games can neither meet the ICMG’s high standards nor those of usually impeccably organized major sports events in Spain. In accordance with the fundamental principles of solidarity and friendship prescribed by the ICMG Statute, and by taking into account the fact that the new Spanish government is ready to fulfill its obligations, the Executive Committee accepted the proposed solution to postpone the Olympic Games for one year", as stated by the letter, received by the Croatian Olympic Committee as well.
Mediterranean Games are multi-sports competition of athletes from National Olympic Committees of the Mediterranean countries. They are held every four years, and the first Mediterranean Games were held in 1951 at the initiative of the Egyptian politician and sports official Muhammed Taher Pasha. The last Games were held in the Turkish city of Mersin in 2013. There were 100 Croatian athletes participating at the Games, where they have won 11 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals.