More than 1,500 athletes from 14 nations took part in the opening ceremony of the Sixth Mediterranean Games in Izmir, Turkey, on Wednesday (6 October).
More than 1,500 athletes from 14 nations took part in the opening ceremony of the Sixth Mediterranean Games in Izmir, Turkey, on Wednesday (6 October). The competitors gathered together in the brand-new 70,000 seat Halkapinar Stadium which was constructed specially for the Games at a cost of over four million pounds sterling. The contests are of great importance to the athletes s interest in outstanding individual performances will be closely linked to prospects for the 1972 Olympics in Munich. A full Olympic programme will be staged in the many forms of athletic competitions including gymnastics, swimming and boxing. Attending the inauguration of the new stadium and opening ceremony of the Games was Turkish President Cavdet Sunay.
SYNOPSIS: For the first time in their history, the Mediterranean Games are being held in Turkey. More than fifteen hundred athletes from 14 nations are participating in the athletic contests. The opening ceremony for the start of the Games was held in the 70,000 seat, newly-built Halkapiner Stadium in Izmir on Wednesday.
Turkish President, Cavdet Sunay, attended the inauguration of the new stadium and the opening ceremonies of the athletic competition. The Mediterranean Games which are held every four years are an important event for the competing athletes as their performances are closely linked to their prospects for the Olympic Games to be held in Munich next year.
The competitors will take part in a full programme of Olympic athletics including boxing, gymnastics, judo, wrestling and swimming. Other events will include basketball, water polo, tennis and shooting. The last Mediterranean Games were held in the Tunisia in 1967.
Turkey has spent more than seven million pounds sterling on facilities for the Games and their operating budget. Work on the stadium began in 1968 shortly after Izmir was chosen as the 1971 games site. The Games are expected to draw a large number of athletics enthusiasts from all parts of the Mediterranean and will continue until October 17.