Starting with this weekend there are 3 weeks worth of major pentanque (boule, petanca) competitions taking place in Almerimar. The article here on the Ideal site has more details.
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About a thousand international athletes will meet in Almerimar from Friday
The municipality will host the Spanish League of Communities Championship, the Individual Spain Championship and the World Championship
The municipality of El Ejido is going to become for three weeks the epicenter of the best national and international petanque, with the three championships that it will host from today.
About a thousand national and international athletes, among which are the best in the world in both male and female, from 50 different countries and the five continents, which will take the name of the municipality to all corners of the planet.
The athletes will also have the opportunity to know, together with their families, the tourist, gastronomic and cultural offer of El Ejido.
Thus, the mayor, Francisco Góngora, stressed that "these events will help us in the external projection of our tourism brand through sports, supported by the commitment of the clubs, in this case Petanca Santa María del Águila, responsible for the assembly ", while adding that the World Championship" will serve to put on the map to our town. "
In this sense, the competition will start this weekend with the dispute of the Spanish League of Communities Championship, which is held in El Ejido for the fourth consecutive year and will be held from today until Sunday, in the categories of men, women and juvenile, both in triplets, doubles and individual.
This is the most important competition that takes place in this modality at a national level, both for the level of play and for the number of participating players, about 322, as well as technicians, delegates and spectators that it gathers.
In addition, the entire championship will be retransmitted by the OTT platform of the Sport League.
On the other hand, the first weekend of the month of May and coinciding with the Crosses, will come the World Championship in individual, male and female category, as well as in male, female and mixed pairs. From May 2 to 4, the tent installed on the beach of Poniente de Almerimar, next to the Tita Cocina, will host 400 athletes from 42 countries, such as France, Thailand, Tunisia or Belgium.
The third of the sporting events will be from May 10 to 12, the weekend of the Individual Spain Championship in the men's, women's and youth category. This Preliminary phase of the European World Cup will have the participation of the individual champions of the respective territorial federations, with a total of 96 players in play.
The World Cup returns to Spain
Antonio Pérez Arcas, president of the Spanish Petanque Federation, emphasized the good work that is being done by the City Council, through the Municipal Sports Institute, since the World Championship comes to Spain after more than 20 years. of the country "and that means that things are doing well from El Ejido with respect to this discipline".
During the next Tuesday and Wednesday the arrival of the different international federations that will stay in the different hotels of El Ejido is expected, which will also translate into a major boost for hotel occupancy throughout that week, as it is expected the visit of some 2,000 people.
For his part, Miguel Cano, director of the Petanque Club of Santa María del Águila and treasurer of the Andalusian Federation, recalled that it is a sport for all ages, although the municipal league competes over 60 years, since It deals with a sport that favors active aging, but also people of several generations, which contributes to enhance intergenerational social relations.