Petanque: World Championship warm-up in Karlslunde

This weekend, the Danish Petanque Federation staged the international tournament SPORT LIVE Masters. The feedback from players, teams, and organizers was that the Danish set-up was world-class. Players from seven nations participated, with Belgium as the winner.

Denmark will host the World Championship petanque in May. This weekend, the federation tested the set-up at the international tournament SPORT LIVE Masters with the participation of seven nations and with no less than 12 hours of live TV broadcast.

‘It has been a fantastic weekend with a good atmosphere. I’m excited about the enthusiasm and joy of playing that the players have shown this weekend. It has been a super rehearsal, where we have learned a lot, which means that we are extra ready when we have to stage the World Championship in collaboration with Greve Municipality, Sport Event Denmark, and Karlslunde Sports Club, ‘says Lars Friis, president of Danish Petanque Federation.

This weekend’s test-tournament also received nice words from Greve’s mayor, Pernille Beckmann:

‘We are proud of our great petanque venue, and we are very much looking forward to the World Championship being staged here in Greve. Therefore, it has been a great experience to see the talented players in this weekend’s tournament.’

The Danish Petanque Federation is far better prepared for the upcoming World Championship. The handling of everything from TV transmission to spectators, players, volunteers, and event logistics passed the test convincingly.

‘It is a massive advantage for any sport event organizer to have the opportunity to test their set-up before the championship itself. We saw it, for example, in Haderslev in the autumn, where the World Cup in MTB set-up was tested. This weekend’s test of the World Championship in petanque shows, among other things, that there will be plenty of opportunities to get close to the game and the many players, says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark.

Facts: Seven nations participated in the SPORT LIVE Masters. In addition to two Danish teams, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands participated with one team.

Of high-profile players, Philippe Quintais and Damier Hureau from France participated, and Claudy Weibel and Andre Lozano from Belgium. In total they are the winners of 19 World Championships titles.

Each team played a total of seven rounds consisting of five matches in the categories singles for men, singles for women, doubles for men, doubles for women, and mix-doubles. The tournament was played as a team tournament.

Results:

1. Belgium

2. France

3. Germany

4. Sweden

5. Holland

6. Denmark A

7. Denmark B

8. Norway

The World Championship petanque will be staged in Karlslunde from the 12th to the 15th of May, with the participation of aprox. 50 nations.

The Danish Petanque Federation stage the championship in collaboration with Greve Municipality, Sport Event Denmark, and Karlslunde Sports Club.