| James Kon |
MEMBERS of the French-Bruneian Business Association (FBBA) yesterday gathered to learn and play the sport of Petanque.
Present at the gathering was the French Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Loan Forgeron, who is the patron of the FBBA, and Pierre Imhof, the President of FBBA.
According to Pierre Imhof, “Petanque originated from the south of France and is a game that brings family and friends together.
“Petanque is a game much like lawn bowling where the goal is to throw a hollow metal ball as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a ‘jack’ while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground.
“In fact, the game is not new to Brunei Darussalam as there is a professional team of Brunei players and there is a petanque pitch nearby to the Indoor Stadium.”
Pierre Imhof concluded his remark by thanking the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for allowing the FBBA to make use of the venue.
The event was sponsored by TOTAL E&P Borneo BV and L’Occitane, a branded company of skin care products from Provence.
Awang Abdul Ghani bin Dato Paduka Haji Ali, the President of the Brunei Darussalam Petanque Federation said, “We are happy to receive the members of FBBA to learn and play the sport of Petanque. We hope that we can unearth some good petanque players among the participants in order to become sparring partners with our national team’s players.”
Some 60 people comprising FBBA members and their families attended the half-day event.