Minister of Youth and Sports (Menpora) of the Republic of Indonesia Zainudin Amali visited the national training camp for the petanque sport that was held at Campus B, Jakarta State University, Rawamangun, East Jakarta, Friday (11/15). On this occasion, Zainudin Amali tested this French sport against the contingent Chief de Mission (CdM) of Indonesia, Harry Citizen.
Petanque is a sport that relies on accuracy. The players are provided a ball made of iron which must be brought closer to a ball made of wood. The players try to throw the iron ball to get close to the wooden ball while getting rid of his opponents’ iron balls. Being interested in this sport, Menpora requested that petanque tournaments be expanded in Indonesia.
“Petanque is actually not a sport that comes from us, but this is not difficult. Should all regions have athletes for this, because he does not need a lot of field, then very simple. We see the achievements in Asean that we must pursue and if possible to PB FOPI (Indonesian Petanque Sports Federation) must have more tournaments, “as reported by Media Indonesia.
Petanque is a sport that is a traditional sport in France. This sport is a traditional game from Ancient Greece that developed in the South of France. In 1958, this sport was officially held in the Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FIPJP) which was founded in Marseille. In Indonesia, this sport is under the Indonesian Petanque Sports Federation (FOPI) which was formed in 2011. At the SEA Games which took place in Indonesia in the same year, Petanque became one of the mandatory sports.
The Petanque sports training camp was attended by 10 athletes consisting of 5 male athletes and 5 female athletes. Pelatnas Petanque coach Andi Indarto said the sport was ready to donate a gold medal for Indonesia at the 2019 SEA Games.
“We send athletes there are 5 sons and daughters, for men’s and women’s doubles, then men’s and women’s triple. We are optimistic that we will set 1 gold medal from women’s triple, 1 silver men’s triple and bronze from men’s and women’s doubles,” said Andi Indarto, as quoted by Media Indonesia.