Why the Mediterranean Games have failed in Tarragona

The Mediterranean Games in Tarragona are leading to a feeling of considerable organisational failure. The grandstands at sporting events are mostly empty and there have already been a few sketchy moments during the medal ceremonies due to logistical problems or, directly, the absence of authorities. In addition, the political conflict in Catalonia is casting a long shadow over the event, which does not attract any media interest given the timing of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A coincidence that should not have been, and which has ended up happening due to the lack of organisational provision that Spain has demonstrated in this case. Tarragona was chosen as the venue in 2013, in a close vote in which it won by 36 to 34 over Alexandria (Egypt). The event, which is held every four years, was to be held in 2017, precisely to avoid running into the Summer or Winter Olympic Games, World Cups or European Championships. But Spain failed to honour its commitment and did not arrive on time. Political instability was then blamed, with the country on the verge of a third election, to justify that the necessary games could not be unblocked and the Games had to be delayed by a year.

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