The symbolic countdown has been triggered for D-95 to virtually place Oran in the atmosphere of the Mediterranean Games, which will begin next June. A bet, then, is a risky bet, as delays in accepting sports and reception structures have in many cases raised fears that this regional event will be withdrawn from Algeria. However, even in the view of observers from the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games, the pace of work and the involvement of public authorities have dispelled recent doubts about Oran’s operational capacity to host these sports games. A commitment that mobilizes people and resources to meet a challenge that many liken to improvise.
An impression reinforced by smear campaigns by the western neighbor to discredit Algeria for its ability to manage such a major event. More than a sporting event, the Mediterranean Games represent an international showcase, a calling card to be played to restore the reputation damaged by years of mismanagement and thus reconcile Algerians above all with their country’s achievements. These Games should be a real fresh air for foreign and domestic tourists, an open door to local riches, despite some interruptions in the official administration that reduced the millennial history of the province with complete impunity to a vulgar construction site. . It’s also an opportunity to be seized by dedicating yourself to pursuing all these achievements downstream of the Games, so as not to fall into the sin of waste.
These Games, which cost Algeria a fortune through Oran, must rationalize these infrastructures by offering them a second life in the image of the Olympic village to be reinvested for new purposes. This intelligence in the management of achievements should primarily benefit the residents of Oran, who hope their city will enter a new dynamic and regain its place in the Mediterranean basin.
There are many examples of these cities emerging from anonymity thanks to the organization of international competitions such as Barcelona, but history will also remember unforgettable fiascos such as Sarajevo. On 12 June, Algeria will be the biggest winner of these Games, regardless of the number of podiums.