Mediterranean Games

Year City No of Countries No of Sports Men Women Total
1951 Alexandria 10 13 734 - 734
1955 Barcelona 10 19 1135 - 1135
1959 Beirut 12 16 792 - 792
1959 Naples 13 17 1057 - 1057
1967 Tunis 12 14 1211 38 1249
1971 Ismir 14 17 1235 127 1362
1975 Algiers 15 18 2095 349 2444
1979 Split 14 25 2009 399 2408
1983 Casablanca 16 20 1845 335 2180
1987 Latakia 18 17 1529 467 1996
1991 Athens 18 23 2176 586 2762
1993 Languedoc-Roussillon 19 26 1994 604 2598
1997 Bari 21 26 2999 804 2195
2001 Tunis 23 23 2002 1039 3041
2005 Almeria 21 24 2134 1080 3214
2009 Pescara 23 29 3368 1185 2183
2013 Μersina

Greece at the Mediterranean Games

Greece has traditionally never missed a Mediterranean Games since their birth. Greece made its debut at the Alexandria Mediterranean Games in 1951. The first Mediterranean Games were hosted in Alexandria, Egypt in 1951.
There are six other countries that have also participated in all the M.G. that have been held until now; Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Lebanon and Malta. Egyptian Mohamed Taher Pasha (1897-1970), former vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was the man who first envisaged the Mediterranean Games.
With the support of Greece’s Ioannis Ketseas, Pasha made his proposal on the sidelines of the London1948 Games. IOC made Pasha’s and Ketseas’ dream come true and the first Mediterranean games were hosted in Alexandria, in 1951.
The plan for setting up the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (ICMG) was submitted in 1955, in Barcelona, at the second Mediterranean Games. The committee officially began its operations June 16, 1961 with Ioannis Ketseas as Secretary General. Epaminondas Petralias, Nikos Filaretos, Minos Kyriakou and Isidoros Kouvelos succeded Ketseas at the same post.
Until 1967, only men were allowed to take part in the Games. It was in 1991, in Athens, that the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games decided to change the time the Mediterranean Games are held. From then, the time the Games take place a year after the summer Olympics.

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