The 17th Mediterranean Games will be hosted by Mersin on June 20-30 with sportspeople from 24 countries

Turkish southern province Mersin will be the host of the 17th Mediterranean Games on June 20-30 where in total 3,043 sportsman and sportswoman will compete against each other.

The Mediterranean Games in 2013 will be the one with the most turnout of sportspeople in the history of the games. Turkey ranks first with a number of 428 sportspeople, followed by Italy with 420 and France with 267. 

The referees at the 17th Mediterranean Games will be from Italy (25), France (16) and Egypt (14), Andorra and Montenegro will send each one referee.

Vice Coordinator of the Mediterranean Games and Director of Provincial Youth Services and Sports Ibrahim Ilhami Koc told Anadolu Agency that Turkey completed the facilities for the games trouble-free.

/images/stories/date/061413/english-news/061413-mediterranean-games-qmersin-2013q-1.jpgKoc noted that before the opening ceremony on June 20 the preparation still continued and added, "we keep the details about the opening ceremony like a secret."

Koc noted they will break the record of the number of participants at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara-Italy in 2009 and explained that in Pescara 3,458 sportspeople from 23 countries participated and in Mersin about 6,000 sportspeople and technical teams from 24 countries will attend the games. 

The name of the countries who take part at the Mediterranean Games and the number of sportsman and sportswoman are as follows:

Countries

 

Number of Sportsman 

 

Number of  Sportswoman 

Albania

 

45

 

8

Algeria

 

116

 

46

Andorra

 

8

 

7

Bosnia-Herzegovina 

 

38

 

8

Croatia

 

56

 

47

Greek Cypriot administration 

 

40

 

22

Egypt

 

136

 

43

France

 

160

 

107

Greece

 

147

 

94

Italy

 

259

 

161

Lebanon

 

24

 

10

Libya

 

84

 

6

Malta

 

10

 

2

Macedonia

 

95

 

23

Monaco

 

10

 

1

Montenegro

 

19

 

20

Morocco

 

73

 

29

San Marino

 

14

 

5

Serbia

 

108

 

46

Slovenia

 

69

 

79

Spain

 

100

 

75

Syria

 

12

 

0

Tunisia

 

106

 

47

Turkey

 

261

 

167