2026 Mediterranean Games

The XXth Mediterranean Games, commonly known as the 2026 Mediterranean Games (Italian: XX Giochi del Mediterraneo) will be the 20th Mediterranean Games. The Games will be held in Taranto, Italy in June 2026, one year later than the usual date (every 4 years, previous 2021 in Oran).[1] [2]

XX Mediterranean Games
XIX Giochi del Mediterraneo
Taranto 2026
Host cityTaranto, Italy
Nations participating26
Opening ceremony13 June
Closing ceremony22 June
Officially opened byPresident of Italy (expected)
Main venueStadio Erasmo Iacovone
Website[ Official website]
<  Oran 2021 2029 or 2030  >

23 olympic Sports will be disputed and also 2 non-olympic ones, with 7 team sports. The entire programme is from 13 June to 22 June 2026. The following sites and venues will be concerned: Taranto, Torricella, Sava, San Giorgio Jonico, Massafra, Martina Franca, Grottaglie, Ginosa, Crispiano, Castellaneta, Lecce, Brindisi, Francavilla Fontana, Fasano, Monopoli and the Valle d’Itria for cycling.

In Taranto, will be constructed: a new Aquatic Centre, a new Nautical Centre, a new complex Magna Grecia, and two smaller venues, at the Salinella and at Paolo VI. The Aquatic Centre will host 2,300 spectators and an Olympic-size swimming pool, the only one in Apulia.

The venues that will be rebuilt or improved are: «il campo scuola al quartiere Salinella, the stadio Iacovone, the Stadio Via del Mare[3], the Palamazzola, the Palafiom, the pattinodromo della Salinella and the circolo Tennis.

Candidate cities

Taranto was the only candidate city and it was elected on 24 August 2019, in Patras, Greece, with an edition delayed in 2026 (and not 2025).

Votes results

2026 Mediterranean Games bidding results
City Nation Votes
Taranto Italy Unanimous


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