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Date: 6/22/2018

The 2018 edition of the Mediterranean Games are starting today in Tarragona, Spain, taking place from 22 June to 1 July. The event features 10 days of competition in 33 sporting disciplines across 16 municipalities, attracting around 4,000 athletes from 26 different countries and more than 150,000 spectators.


Handball for over 50 years

Starting back in 1967, with a men’s competition and then joined in 1979 by the addition of the women’s competition, the Mediterranean Games have a long history with handball.


Egypt (men) and Serbia (women) are the title holders, having won the gold medals in the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey, back in 2013.


In 2018, in the 18th edition of the Mediterranean Games, both a men’s and women’s competition will be held, starting on Saturday 23 June and finishing on Sunday 1 July.


The draw for the handball tournament took place on 9 May in the Sala Eutyches of the Palau de Congressos in Catalunya with the Spanish men’s coach Jordi Ribera Romans and Spanish women’s coach, Carlos Viver Arza in attendance.


In the men’s competition, 13 teams feature with Algeria (ALG), Croatia (CRO), Egypt (EGY), Greece (GRE), Italy (ITA), FYRO Macedonia (MKD), Montenegro (MNE), Portugal (POR), Slovenia (SLO), Serbia (SRB), Tunisia (TUN) and Turkey (TUR) alongside hosts Spain (ESP).


The women’s competition has 10 teams with Spain (ESP) alongside Egypt, Greece, Italy, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey.


The eight best teams in the men’s competition will go through to the quarter-final stage directly, while in the women’s competition, the top two teams in each round-robin group will go directly to the semi-final stage.



All men’s games will be played in the 5,000-capacity Catalunya Sports Palace (Campclar Sports Palace) – with the women’s games taking place in the Club d’Esports Vendrell Pavilion, except for the semi-finals, bronze and final matches, which move to the men’s venue.


Both handball arenas are part of the ‘Mediterranean Ring’ set of sporting venues, also home to

athletics, archery, bowls, swimming and water polo.



Tickets, ranging from 6-25 Euro, for the XVIII Mediterranean Games Tarragona 2018 went on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.es and are available online, via the official app (iOS and Android) and from two physical sales points will open in Tarragona (Tarraco Arena Plaza and Parc Central Shopping Centre). During the Games, tickets are available in the Mediterranean Ring.



The mascot of the XVIII Mediterranean Games Tarragona 2018, is called ‘Tarracvs’ - a Roman helmet made of Mediterranean waters – a key link among all countries participating in the Games, and where sea waves are reflected.


Follow the Games

Fans can follow the handball in Tarragona by visiting these official sites and using the official event hashtag: #tarragona2018.


Website: www.tarragona2018.cat & http://www.tarragona2018.cat/en/sport/handbol/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tgn2018/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarragona2018_/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tarragona2018

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/Tarragona2018