12 countries vie for 45,000 baht at March 6-9 petanque tourney

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Teams from 12 countries are expected to take part in the third International Petanque Master tournament, taking place in Pattaya from March 6-9.

Onvara Karapin of the Pattaya Tourism Promotion Bureau met with Jean Luc Rosticci, president of Petanque 9-Rai Club Feb. 24 to begin planning for the 220,000-baht event.

Teams from Belgium, France, Japan, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Senegal, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam are slated to compete.

Jean Luc Rosticci of the Petanque 9 Rai Club (left) talks with committee members during the planning meeting for the tournament on Feb. 24.Jean Luc Rosticci of the Petanque 9 Rai Club (left) talks with committee members during the planning meeting for the tournament on Feb. 24.

The tournament will be split into two divisions for three-person teams and a target-type match.

The winner of the three-person team division will take home 20,000 baht.  Second place gets 10,000 baht, third receives 6,000 baht and fourth gets 4,000 baht.

The top two finishers in the target category receive 10,000 and 5,000 baht, respectively.

Competition begins at 8 p.m. March 6 at the Petanque 9 Rai Club on Soi Kopai off Thepprasit Road, with closing ceremonies at 8 p.m. March 9.

Petanque is a form of boules where the goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a “cochonnet” or jack.  The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces.