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The history of the Mediterranean Games dates back to the year 1951. They started in London, thanks to the initiative of a Turkish doctor in Politics called Taher Pasha. He wanted to make the competition a symbol of peace in a period clouded by the tension among great powers. From that moment, the Games have been held in thirteen cities, being Tunis the only one that has hosted the competition on two occasions.

But the origin of the Mediterranean Games can be traced back to 1948. It was more than half a century ago, during the celebration of the Olympic Games of London, when the members of the National Olympic Committees of the Mediterranean countries considered the idea of celebrating games that joined the different cultures of the Mediterranean basin.

The first celebration of the Mediterranean Games took place from 15 to 20 October 1951 in Alexandria (Egypt).

Mohamed Taher Pasha is considered as being the father of the Mediterranean Games. In 1931 he founded the Egyptian Aero Club. From 1934 to 1947 he was the President of the International Flying Federation, and from 1936 to 1952 he managed the Egyptian Fencing Federation. His effort was rewarded with high duties at the International Olympic Committee. He remained for a long time as Head of Protocol and then he became a member of the Executive Committee from 1952 to 1957. From 1960 to 1964 he was the assistant to the then president of the IOC, Avery Brundage

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