After participation with the managers of an architectural firm in Paris in a long working session with the Minister of Sports of Benin enthusiastic about the project and its purpose, I accompanied the FIPJP, Claude Azéma, to a three-day trip on site to meet the sporting and political authorities of the country and to work with Beninese technicians on the construction of the future indoor petanque court...
Not knowing this country at all, I was struck as soon as we arrived into Cotonou airport by the remarkable health organization set up to control all the passengers of the plane, each of whom having to fill out beforehand an individual identity card which gave them a file number. When their number was displayed on a giant screen, everyone went to one of the twenty spaces whose number was indicated.
After the temperature test, carried out as soon as they got out of the plane, each passenger was put in the presence of two nurses, one doing a blood test on the tip of a finger, the other taking a swab from the back of the throat. The tests were sent to a laboratory installed on site and the results were communicated to us ten minutes later. In less than one hour all the passengers had been tested and were able to retrieve their luggage in an empty terminal.
I was then amazed to see how much barrier gestures were fully respected by everyone and in all places: no shaking hands or obviously hugging, respect for distance at all times, including during the mascot ceremony, frequent hand washing with hydroalcoholic solutions… No exemption for anyone, minister or driver, president or journalist! Same discipline everywhere inside and in the streets where unmasked people are very rare, including on the many two-wheelers that crisscross the city. We understand better why the number of infected people is so low in this country, which testifies to the effectiveness of these simple gestures. Reassuring for those who are worried about the organisation of the world championships in this magnificent country. About the essential object of our visit - the construction of a magnificent covered petanque court - I will let President Azéma talk about it, but I was won over by the unanimity and commitment shown at all levels in favor so much about the World Championships organisation than for the construction of this structure. Daniel Gollion Journalist