Turkey speeds up lobbying to host Mediterranean Games

A delegation led by Turker Arslan, deputy chairman of Turkey's National Olympic Committee, left for France on Monday.

Turkey speeds up lobbying to host Mediterranean Games

Lobbying activities have gained momentum to host 2013 Mediterranean Games after Greece announced that it would not organize the event due to its financial troubles.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a letter of guarantee requested by the International Committee of Mediterranean Games, or ICMG, for the financing of the event.

A delegation led by Turker Arslan, deputy chairman of Turkey's National Olympic Committee, left for France on Monday.

Macit Ozcan, mayor of the southern province of Mersin, said that the host country would be chosen in a voting on February 28.

"We will hold a series of talks in Paris. We will meet with French National Olympic Committee Chairman Denis Masseglia and Secretary-General Jean Pierre Mougin. We will try
to win France's support," he said.

Last week, another Turkish delegation visited Algeria to meet with ICMG President Amar Addadi, Ozcan said, adding that the meeting was very promising and that he got the
impression that Addadi favors Turkey and Mersin for the games.

Mersin has already made a bid to become the host city for 2017 Mediterranean Games.

Turkish government plans to build several facilities in Mersin including a new stadium, swimming pools, shooting ranges, boules-petanque courts, a multi-purpose gym and tennis courts. Turkey will also cover all other expenses of athletes to compete in the organization, from airfare to accommodation.

Libya and Spain are the other candidates to host the games in 2013.

Last hosted in Pescara, Italy, the Mediterranean Games started in 1951 and are held every four years. They include athletics, swimming, cycling, weightlifting and shooting events. Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir hosted the Sixth Mediterranean Games in 1971.

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