Petanque makes bid for 2024 Olympics
The announcement of the candidacy of Boules Sport for the 2024 Olympic Games has cast the spotlight on a sport and disciplines which are still not well-known. Petanque, Boule Lyonnaise, and Raffa Volo, the Boules Sport disciplines, are represented in 165 countries, via 262 federations and more than 200 million players. 67 countries have already won medals in at least one world championship.
Sport Boules is already present in the largest multi-sport global events: World Games, Mediterranean Games, Asian Indoor Games, S.E.A Games, All Africa Games, Pacific Games, Commonwealth Games, Islands Games (Indian Ocean), Asian Beach Games. This sport now benefits from a new image, highlighting its values of universality, popularity, and communication, and its responses to the criteria for eligibility for the Olympic Games.