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Spanish King attends the European Olympic Committees Meeting at PortAventura Convention Centre

European Olympic Committee Meeting at PortAventura Convention Centre
H.M. King Felipe VI of Spain was present today at the closing luncheon attended by European Olympic Committees (EOC) Executive Committee members, who have held meetings for two days at PortAventura World’s Convention Centre. Arturo Mas-Sardá, president of PortAventura World, was entrusted with the task of welcoming the monarch and representatives of the Olympic Committees.

The King’s visit to Tarragona also coincided with the official presentation of "Tarracus", mascot for the 2017 Mediterranean Games. The party then moved on to the PortAventura Convention Centre for the second part of the day. During lunch His Majesty highlighted the role played by the 2017 Mediterranean Games as "ideal for promoting effective cooperation, development and integration within the Mediterranean areas. This is an initiative that our country supports with strong conviction and faith".

His Majesty the King concluded by reiterating "the commitment of Tarragona, Catalonia and the entire country to the 2017 Mediterranean Games. They will be an opportunity to highlight the need to promote ̶through education and the best Olympic values —peace and dialogue in a region that, once again in history, should be a meeting point for solidarity among regions, countries and especially among people of all cultures".  

PortAventura World: residence of the Games
PortAventura World will be the athletes’ residence during the 2017 Mediterranean Games. The Organising Committee based its decision not only on the large hotel capacity, but also the fact that there is a versatile convention centre, which will act as the hub for all complementary services to the Olympic village.

Consequently from 30 June to 9 July 2017, the 2017 Mediterranean Games will be held in 16 towns within the region. A total of 33 sporting disciplines will involve the participation of 4000 athletes of 25 different nationalities, 1000 international representatives and judges, 1000 journalists, 3500 volunteers and more than 150,000 spectators.  

European Olympic Committees Executive Committee
This is the second time this year that the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Executive Committee has gathered at the PortAventura World Convention Centre. EOC president Patrick Hickey brought together the general secretaries and heads of mission of the different NOCs in Europe, making PortAventura World, for a few days, the epicentre of the European Olympic Movement.  

The delegation was composed of more than 120 Olympic officials, notably the president of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), Alejandro Blanco, the president of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games, Amar Addadi, the vice president of EOC, and the Secretary General of the Committee, Janez Kocijancic.

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