The draw for five team sports to be played during the 2013 Mediterranean Games in the southern Turkish province of Mersin was held on Tuesday.
Turkey was drawn in Group A in football and matched with Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albania. Group B included Italy, Macedonia, Libya and Tunisia. In basketball, Turkey's opponents in Group A were chosen as Macedonia, Egypt and Algeria, with Serbia, Tunisia and Italy competing in Group B.
In women's volleyball, Turkey will play against Tunisia and Slovenia in Group A while Greece, France, Croatia and Italy are matched in Group B. In men's volleyball, Turkey will face France and Egypt in Group A and Tunisia, Italy, Macedonia and Algeria will play in Group B.
In men's handball, Turkey was drawn in Group C along with Croatia, Macedonia and Italy. Group A will see France, Slovenia and Egypt face off, with Group B comprising Serbia, Tunisia, Algeria and Greece. In women's handball, Turkey was matched with France, Slovenia and Algeria. Spain, Serbia and Tunisia were draws in Group A and Montenegro, Croatia, Italy and Macedonia were drawn in Group B.
Two groups were formed for water polo events and Turkey will face Croatia and Spain in Group B and Greece, Italy, France and Serbia will meet in Group A.
The Mediterranean Games will take place in Mersin from June 20-30. The city was awarded the hosting rights of the event in 2011 after Greece failed to fulfill its organizational commitments to host the games.
Speaking before the draw took place, Mersin Governor Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu said Mersin is vying to host a perfect Mediterranean Games and that the city is prepared for a spectacular event. “The Mediterranean Games will add to the value of Mersin and Turkey in addition to serving as an important reference for Turkey's bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics,” he said.
Officials confirmed that the new facilities built in Mersin will be ready before the Mediterranean Games start. Mehmet Baykan, who heads the Sports General Directorate of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, ruled out the possibility of setbacks during the preparation phase of the event. He said the preparations are going forward with the maximum attention to making sure that all the competitions take place smoothly.
The competition will be held in 54 facilities, including 11 built especially for the games. Athletes from 24 countries will participate in the sporting events.