The Games took place between 3 and 17 September in Casablanca. It was the only time that the Mediterranean Games did not take place on the Mediterranean coast, but on the Atlantic Ocean. On this occasion, the sports complex Mohamed V was renovated, comprising an Olympic stadium, a sports palace and an indoor swimming pool. This ninth edition brought together 2,192 athletes, including 347 women, from the 16 countries that were present at the opening of the competition. After the Yugoslavian interlude, Italy regained its sceptre as the dominant nation of the Games with 143 podiums, namely more than a quarter of the 509 medals awarded in 20 sports disciplines. Italian sprinter Pietro Mennea won his fifth individual title in four editions. Morocco, with 20 medals and 8 titles, had by far the best performance in its Mediterranean history. Morocco owes this distinction to its boxers, but also to its future Los Angeles Olympic champions Nawal El Moutawakel (400m hurdles) and Saïd Aouita (800-1500m). Cyprus, Libya, Malta and Monaco did not win any medals.