Petanque championships set record for highest number of participants

On trying his hand at throwing a petanque ball after the press conference on the Johor International Petanque Men’s and Women’s Double Open Championships 2022.

ALMOST 900 athletes are expected to participate in the Johor International Petanque Men’s and Women’s Double Open Championships 2022 later this month, says Datuk On Jabbar @ Ja’afar.

The Johor deputy state secretary (Sports, Youths and Volunteers) said the event would also be recorded in the Malaysia Book of Records for the highest number of participants for the sport.

“As of Aug 8, 834 athletes have registered for the championship, which will be held on Aug 27 and 28.

Speaking at a press conference in Iskandar Puteri, he said 626 Malaysian athletes would be participating.

Besides Malaysia, the other participating countries are Singapore, South Korea, Brunei, Cambodia, Thailand, Denmark, Indonesia, Australia, the Philippines, Nepal, Zambia, India, France and North Macedonia.

“The championships will offer prizes worth RM28,000,” said On.“Our main objective is to give exposure to local athletes who are currently preparing for the upcoming Malaysia Games (Sukma), from Sept 16 to 24, in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

He noted that this would be a good chance for Johor athletes to prepare for Sukma 2024, which will be held in Johor.

“There will be 825 athletes and officers from Johor participating in Sukma 2024,” he said.

He also announced that the Johor Sports Council would be organising community sports in November as part of initiatives to promote a healthy lifestyle among Johoreans.

“The programme will be held at all 56 state constituencies in Johor,” he added.

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