The nineteenth Mediterranean Video games kicked off on 25 June 2022 in Oran, Algeria.
This multi-sport occasion, involving greater than 3,000 athletes from 26 nations within the Mediterranean area, opened on a summer time night time on the magnificent Olympic Stadium in Algeria’s second largest metropolis. The venue welcomed 40,000 fortunate individuals who have been in a position to attend the opening ceremony reside.
Tens of hundreds of individuals took to the streets for this extremely anticipated sporting occasion, welcoming guests from Africa and Europe.
“I’m from Oran and I’ve come particularly from Warsaw in Poland to attend the Video games,” says one particular person. “We’re proud to host these Mediterranean Video games, it’s a fantastic factor”, provides a younger Algerian lady.
Grand Opening Ceremony
After 47 years, the Mediterranean Video games are again on Algerian soil. On this event, a grand opening ceremony was held by which a whole lot of artists, musicians and dancers participated. Two hours of presentation on the theme of Algeria: its landscapes, historical past and affect within the Mediterranean area. The delegations of the 26 collaborating nations lived this occasion in a joyful ambiance.
Among the many Algerian athletes, flag bearer Iman Khalif, deputy world champion in light-weight boxing. It’s the pleasure of the younger athlete, who marked the historical past of ladies’s boxing in her nation.
“I’m very blissful, and proud that my nation will host these Mediterranean Video games. I can inform you that the whole Mediterranean basin is in my nation. As athletes, we really feel like one household, we’re the basin athletes, coming from Italy, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia… all of those The 2 nations represent one state,” says Iman Khalif, Algerian flag bearer and deputy world boxing champion.
Unity video games
“Unity” is the motto for these Video games, which carry collectively three continents, a multi-sport competitors maybe as vital because the Olympic Video games. What’s vital is participation, as defined by the President of the Worldwide Committee for the Mediterranean Video games, David Tisano: “There’s nice variety among the many peoples of the Mediterranean, however there’s nice unity and sport turns into a crimson thread that unites younger folks. This highlights the vital values, the pillars of the sports activities motion, particularly: Being collectively, attending to know new cultures, mixing with different cultures, and understanding that there isn’t a personal world, every thing revolves round us, however there are a number of worlds, everybody has his personal world, and due to this fact they should be mixed.”
A gathering place of cultures
Over the course of 12 days, the athletes collect in a single village, created for the event and for his or her comfort. Every nation has its personal constructing. However on its streets they meet, get to know one another and create bonds, regardless of totally different cultures and traditions.
“Everybody desires to win, however ultimately, we embrace and respect one another, and that’s the actual victory. As a result of sooner or later the sporting life passes, however the human relationships stay with these I competed with on tatami or within the ring or wherever. And that’s what we have to proceed. It’s for the following technology,” says Luigi Bossa, Italian flag bearer and Olympic champion.
The sporting occasion is held at 37 areas in and across the metropolis. Some are utterly new and others have been rehabilitated for competitions and coaching programs.
The work took years and the result’s passable for everybody. No less than the heroes of those video games. As for the French volleyball participant and flag-bearer Luca Pesek: “Certainly in comparison with the opposite competitions we used to do as volleyball gamers, the group is totally different, however we’re happy with being right here. What we’ll attempt to do.”
The Mediterranean Video games and Reveals will proceed in Oran till July sixth.