2013 Mersin XVIIth Mediterranean Games commemorated on new Turkish stamps

2013 Mersin XVIIth Mediterranean Games commemorated on new Turkish stamps

Turkish post issued a sheet of four stamps dedicated to the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin.

The 2013 Mediterranean Games, officially known as the XVII Mediterranean Games, is an international multi-sport event due to be held in the tradition of the Mediterranean Games, as governed by the International Committee of Mediterranean Games (ICMG).

The host city of the Games will be Mersin, Turkey, as announced after an on-line poll conducted on 23 February 2011 by the ICMG. They are scheduled to be held from 20 to 30 June 2013. Mersin is the second city in Turkey after Izmir to host the Mediterranean Games. All 24 member National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the ICMG are expected to participate in the Games. The official programme for the Games will feature events in 27 different sports.

The official logo of this edition of the Mediterranean Games features a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) getting out of sea, with water underneath it. An orange is shown above its back, which represents the dry summer subtropical climate of Mediterranean.

Karetta is the official mascot of the Mersin Games. The organizers of the 2013 Games have taken steps to promote the Games through its mascot. It was used in various events like the 34th Istanbul Marathon, Third Citrus Festival and others.

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