Photographer's Note

Todays posting is a simple homage to the XXIX Olympiad, in Beijing. The game on the photo is not an Olympic event but I am sure it is much more interesting than some events of the Olympics.

The sharpness is not that great as it is a scanned slide from 1979. However, I like it for what it shows and the way those guys were passionate about their game. It was taken in Paris, near the Eiffel Tower.

In WS is another photo showing people playing the popular game La Ptanque at the Esplanade des Invalides, in front of Les Invalides museum complex (Paris). The dome behind the palace is from the Church of the Invalides, which is the burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Ptanque

Ptanque is a form of boules game where the goal is, while standing with the feet together in a small circle, to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (jack). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass or other surfaces. The casual form of the game of Ptanque is played by about 17 million people in France, mostly during their summer vacations. The name comes from Les Ped Tanco in the Provenal dialect of the Occitan language, meaning "feet together."

The current form of the game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat, in Provence, in southern France and the first ptanque tournament with the new rules was organized in 1910 by Ernest Pitiot at the same city of La Ciotat. After that, the sport grew with great speed, and soon became the most popular form of boules. The international Ptanque federation, Fdration Internationale de Ptanque et Jeu Provenal was founded in 1958 in Marseille and has about 600,000 members in 52 countries (2002).

The first World Championships were organized in 1959. The most recent championships were held in Faro (Portugal) (2000), Monaco (2001), Grenoble (france) (2002, 2004 and 2006), Geneva (Switzerland) (2003), Brussels (2005), and Pattaya (Thailand) (2007). Fifty-two teams from 50 countries participated in 2007.

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