It was a bit like a return to the roots for Turkey, because it was in this country, in Istanbul, that the first unofficial edition was organised in 1949. Moreover, it was on this occasion that a ceremony was organised in memory of the inspirer of the Games, Muhammed Taher Pasha, who had passed away the previous year. The Games took place between 6 and 17 October with the participation of 14 countries in this sixth edition; only Malta did not win any medals and as before, women also participated in the competition. This time, in addition to athletics and swimming, 127 women also participated in fencing, diving and gymnastics, and were added to the overall delegation of 1,235 men. The majority of the nations had a mixed participation, whereas Libya, Malta, Tunisia and Lebanon did not send any women. On the other hand, Italy and Spain had a good record by presenting 29 and 28 women respectively. In the events participated and dominated former or future Olympic champions such as Colette Besson, Abdon Pamich or Guy Drut as well as former world record holders such as Christos Papanikolaou who recorded 5.49m in pole vault.