— Published 11 September 2023

Pristina takes the prize

A first. For the first time since their creation in 1949, the Mediterranean Games will be held in Kosovo. Meeting at the end of last week in Heraklion, Crete, on the eve of the opening of the Mediterranean Beach Games, the General Assembly of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games voted in favour of the Kosovan capital, Pristina, as host city for the multi-sport event in 2030. It received 55 of the 66 votes cast. As proof of the importance of Kosovo winning the bid, its delegation was led by the Prime Minister, Αlbin Kurti. The last edition of the Mediterranean Games took place last year in Oran, Algeria. The next one is due to be held in 2026 in the Italian city of Taranto. Another decision taken on Saturday 9 September was to award the 4th edition of the Mediterranean Beach Games to the two Portuguese cities of Portimao and Lagoa. It will take place in 2027.