Cambodia will host the 17th World Championships of Women's and Junior Petanque from 18 to 23 November - The Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh will host the World Championships of Women's and Junior Petanque from 18 to 23 November. This is the first global competition hosted by Cambodia. 48 countries will participate in the women's competition, while 30 are expected for the junior championship - see all results on Women's World & Junior World
Claude Azéma, president of the International Petanque Federation, presented the championship to the Cambodian media on Wednesday 24 July in the presence of Sar Sokha, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and President of the Cambodia Petanque and Bowls Federation.
The competition will take place in the Olympic stadium, which currently has 16 covered petanque fields. "The government has announced that it will cover 8 more fields," says Claude Azéma. In the long term, we will have 24 covered pitches, which is quite sufficient to organize the championship. "The kouprey, a now extinct wild buffalo and national emblem of Cambodia, was chosen to become the mascot of the championship.
Claude Azéma, President of the International Petanque Federation, Bou Chumserey, Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, 1st Executive Vice-President of the Cambodian Petanque Federation and Cécile Malterre, Peace Ambassador, who acted as an interface and bridge between Cambodia and France, are the three initiators of this project.
To host these championships, Cambodia was in particular in competition with the bids of Tunisia, France and Taiwan. After studying the file, several visits by the international petanque federation, and a verification of hotel infrastructure and capacity, the Cambodian bid was selected. "Priority is given to countries that have never hosted the championship," says Claude Azéma.
Cambodian petanque players regularly appear on the podiums of international competitions. In 2004, during a men's team's first participation in the international championship, the Cambodians won the bronze medal. During the Petanque Team trophies in 2018, Cambodia ranked first in the overall ranking. Cambodian women Ké Leng, Ouk Sreymom and Un Srey Ya won three gold medals - women's individual, doublette and triplette - while Sok Chanmean, Nhem Bora and Ya Chandarith won two silver medals for men.
Cécile Malterre put the international petanque federation and the Cambodian government in contact as early as 2016 on this project and worked to ensure good communication and coordination of the teams between Cambodia and France. "I look forward to welcoming many countries from around the world to my home country soon for these championships, in a context of much-needed international peace," she said.
Petanque is a popular sport in Cambodia, and more generally in continental Southeast Asia. Created in 1907, it is imported into Indochina as part of the French colonial presence. "Boules are played in all provinces," says Bou Chumserey, under-secretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. In Cambodia, it is a sport that is played by both young and old.
Pierre Motin - Editor-in-Chief Lepetitjournal.com Cambodia