Mediterranean Games postponed until 2018 because of funding problems

Italy's Goran Fiorentini, left, fights for the ball with Croatia's Niska Dobud during the men's water polo bronze medal match between Italy and Croatia at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy, Sunday, July 5, 2009. Italy beat Croatia 10-9. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

MADRID (AP) – The Mediterranean Games have been postponed until 2018 because of funding problems caused by Spain’s political situation.

Spanish officials say the games originally scheduled for next year in the northeastern region of Tarragona will now be held in 2018 from June 22-July 1.

The decision was made to give organizers and officials more time to get the event properly funded.

Spain endured 10 months of political impasse following two inconclusive elections, hurting the government’s ability to approve budgets.

The political deadlock ended last month but Tarragona Mayor Josep Felix Ballesteros said this week the lack of a stable government “hindered the financing that had been originally planned” for the event.

It will be the 18th edition of the Mediterranean Games, with about 4,000 competitors from 26 countries.


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