At the Opening Ceremony of the 17th edition of the Games, IOC President Jacques Rogge said the outcome of Mersin 2013 could affect Turkey’s bid to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Istanbul in 2020. Mersin’s delivery of the Games so far has been praised by the media and athletes for the high-quality infrastructure – built in just 18 months rather than the usual six years. Tarragona 2017’s observer delegation has now added its support to the work of the organising committee.
The speed of Turkey’s construction and preparation of Mersin’s venues was praised by Ramon Cuadrat: “It’s early right now and Tarragona 2017 has a little advantage. Mersin started only two years before!”
Cuadrat commented on the public’s enthusiasm for the Mersin Games, as well as praising the young and enthusiastic Turkish volunteers:
“We hope that the venues get really crowded in Tarragona – like here. We think it is a very good idea to have very low [ticket] prices. The athletes are really happy to play here; It’s really full of colour and people.
“The main part that we have learnt is the big involvement of the people of Mersin and other cities and we really think that is the best way to start our project. We have learnt here that volunteering is imperative and we need to work really hard to [make this] a very important structure of our project.”
Cuadrat added that his team’s observer role in Mersin has been a good experience: “For us, here in Turkey, the Mediterranean Games are the second most important Games after the Olympic Games; of course it’s very important to concentrate all the sports and the cultures in just one event. Here in Turkey we are really pleased because we have seen this. It’s really nice going through the village and through the city and mixing with other people”.