For the first time ever, Denmark hosted the World Championship Petanque this week. The championship will be remembered for the host country’s sporting results and for a world class set-up.
Never before has Denmark hosted a World Championship Petanque. Despite the fact, that the sport in Denmark is minor, the staging of the event scored the highest possible. The Danish Petanque Association hosted the World Championships in Single, Double and Mixed Double 2022.
Never before has a Danish male senior player won a world championship medal, so the intense atmosphere on the stands increased as Anders Erlandsen and Katrine Junge Olsen took a win against Cambodia and advanced to the semifinals, where they lost to Spain.
The feedback from players and spectators was that Denmark delivered a world class set-up providing the best conditions for the 48 nations competing.
“I am so proud! Proud of all the Danish results and the bronze medal. Proud of and not least grateful for the efforts of the volunteers. Without them, we would not have been able to stage the event. Together with Greve Municipality and Sport Event Denmark, we can now look back on a championship where we promoted the sport within Denmark and Denmark within the international world of petanque,” says the president of the Danish Petanque Association, Lars Friis.
“The World Championship in petanque is a good example of world class staging, great sporting results, and happy spectators. There was an electric atmosphere among the audience every day, especially when the Danes played for the semifinals,” says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark. The organisation partners the championship together with Greve Municipality.
Before the World Cup, France had proclaimed they were going for medals in all five disciplines. But France had to see itself out of the event in all five disciplines even before the semifinals. However, the results did not affect the atmosphere of the audience, a large part of whom had come from France to cheer.
The Danish Petanque Association stage the championship in collaboration with Greve Municipality, Sport Event Denmark, and Karlslunde Sports Club.