Tuesday, November 18, 2008

World Games Results, Dakar, Senegal

There were teams from 53 countries competing in Dakar, Senegal, November 12-16, 2008, but one team emerged the champion, France B. Don't they look happy?

If they do, it may be because they fannied their opponent, the team from Thailand, unusual, but not unheard of in these competitions.

Here are the semi-final match-ups:

In the Coupe des Nations, the consolante, here are the results with Spain gaining first place.

Our U.S. team (Christian Triay, Pascal Corchia, and Thuan and Mai Nguyen, coached by Ly Nguyen) put up a good showing, but were shunted into the Coupe des Nations and were then unable to emerge from their pool. However, we congratulate their effort and appreciate their willingness to travel so far at some expense of time and money. Their proficiency as a team improved as they played games, but not quickly enough to remain in the compeition.

Our Chef de Delgation, Robert Pierre was snagged by the BBC News Service for an inteview and part of it can be read here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7729884.stm

It was decided at the Board meeting in Dakar, of the FIPJP, the international governing body for petanque, that the next Seniors World Competition will be in 2010, though one is planned for Women and Juniors in 2009, perhaps in Tunisia.

Complete results of the competition can be seen at: www.fipjp.com