Mediterranean games at the start: all the details

Tomorrow opening ceremony. Italian flag bearers Bacosi and Busà. Until July 6, medals to be won in 24 disciplines

From our correspondent Chiara Soldi

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The 19th edition of the Mediterranean Games begins and will be held from June 25 to July 6 in Oran, Algeria. In the race 3,390 athletes from 26 countries, including Italy with its 370 blues. Starting yesterday with the new A350 from Ita Airways named after Marcello Lippi, the Italian delegation aims to dominate the medal table as has happened 13 times in the previous 18 editions (the last in 2018 in Tarragona with 56 golds , 55 silver and 45 bronzes).

opening ceremony

Tomorrow at the new Olympic Stadium the opening ceremony will also be attended by Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, followed by Undersecretary of State for Sport Valentina Vezzali, and French President Macron, to emphasize the value of these Games in a nation, Algeria, very important in the current geopolitical scenario with regard to gas. Two flag bearers, as happened in Tokyo: the shooter Diana Bacosi, Olympic gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro 2016, and the karateka Luigi Busà, gold in Tokyo 2020. But let’s find out together everything you need to know about it. event…

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The Mediterranean Games return to Algeria after 47 years (last edition in Algiers 1975). Nicknamed “the radiant”, Oran is the second largest city in the country with 610,000 inhabitants. Founded in the 10th century by a group of Andalusian explorers, today it has an important historical heritage and a rich identity, the result of various facets derived from Spanish, Ottoman and French influences.

the numbers

26 National Olympic Committees take part: 18 Europeans, 3 Asians and 5 Africans. In addition to Italy, delegations from: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Northern Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino , Serbia, Syria, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.


The 24 general disciplines that athletes will see challenged are: athletics, 3×3 basketball, football, cycling, swimming, volleyball, weightlifting, fencing, boxing, fencing, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, target shooting, picket shot, shot. archery, sailing, badminton, boules, gymnastics, judo, karate, wrestling and handball.

team from Italy

Italy is represented by 370 athletes, of whom 215 are men and 155 women. The most represented region is Lombardy (53 athletes), followed by Veneto (41) and Emilia-Romagna and Lazio (both with 32 athletes), while 18 blues were born abroad. The flag bearers will be Olympians Diana Bacosi (skeet shooting), gold in Rio2016 in skeet, and Luigi Busà (karate), gold in Tokyo 2020 in kumite. But in Algeria there will also be 4 more Olympic champions: Mauro Nespoli (archery), Gabriele Rossetti and Jessica Rossi (skeet shooting) and Matteo Tagliariol (fencing).

the plants

The competitions will take place in 22 locations (and there are 15 more for training) in Oran and its surroundings: 13 were built for the occasion, another 24 have been completely refurbished. The flagship is the new 40,000-seat Olympic Stadium, completed in 2019, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as football matches and athletics competitions. Obviously, the Mediterranean town could not be missing, which will host about 4,300 people, including athletes and team staff: spread over 36 hectares and divided into three areas, a residential area, an international area and the volunteer area, with 5 sports pavilions, 4 restaurants. , polyclinics and training camps.

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