The 2019 National Petanque Championships got underway at the National Stadium on Friday with 327 athletes hailing from 25 provinces throughout Cambodia taking part.
Bou Chum Serey, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, and Vice President of the Federation of Petanque and Boules Federation of Cambodia, and Mr. Tae Mean, Deputy Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee, attended the opening ceremony. Competition costs are covered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Petanque, one of Europe’s most popular outdoor games, originated in the south of France in the early 1900s. The aim of the game is to roll a number of hollow steel balls – called boules – as close as possible to a small wooden target ball. Players take turns, and the team that ends up nearest to the target ball when all balls are played is declared the winner.
The kingdom’s petanque stars are consistently in and around the podium at international competitions. Sok Chan Mean brought home a gold medal from the 47th World Championships in Madagascar, while veteran Ke Leng is herself a two-time World Championship winner.
Cambodia will host international athletes for the 17th World Women and Junior Petanque Championships between 18 – 24 November 2019.