APSBC in Brief
The Asian Petanque and Sports Boules Confederation was established on 1st December 1997. The founder member countries are Cambodia, Israel, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Air Vice Marshal Kamthon Sindhvananda, Privy Councillor, and President of the Petanque Association of Thailand, is the Confederation's President. The presidential period is 4 years. He was selected as the 1st and 2nd president during 1997-2001 and 2002-2005 respectively.
The objectives of the Confederation are as follows:
1. To support and spread out the sport of petanque throughout the Asian Region.
2. To strengthen friendship among federations of the Asian Countries.
3. To be the center of federations of the Asian Countries.
4. To promote petanque players reaching the international standards.
5. To organize the petanque competition among member countries.
APSBC organizes the annual competition for Asian championship by voluntary rotating the host country among its members.
The records of the yearly championship to get the Trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra are as indicated below:
Foundation of APSBC
Prior to the Asian Petanque Championships 1997 tournament, representatives from the Petanque Federations in several Asian countries have assembled at the Jumbotel on December 1,1997. The prime objective of the meeting is to discuss the foundation of the Asian Petanque Confederation.
The meeting agreed that the new foundation would be named the Asian Petanque and Sports boules Confederation. The ultimate goal of the Confederation is to promote the petanque and sports boules in Asia and develop the knowledge and talent of Asian player to international standard.
The Confederation will also serve as the organizer of petanque activities and controlling body for its affiliates in Asia.
The Committee of the Confederation consists of a President, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, an Secretary General, an Honorary Treasurer and four Ordinary Committee members. The term for each committee lasts for four years.
H.E. the Privy Councillor, Air Vice Marshal Kamthon Sindhvananda, Chairman of the Petanque Federation of Thailand, has been elected the first President of the Confederation. Representatives from Japan and Singapore were elected Vice-presidents. Two executives from
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Mr.Boonchoo Direksathapon was named the Confederation's Secretary General and Mr. Paitoon Pityachawan was elected the Honorary Treasurer.
First Asian Petanque Championship - Princess Cup
The new cooperation in the Asian region through the sport of petanque was recorded on December 1-3,1997. This sports event was initiated to promote the development and popularity of this game region wide.
The success of the Asian Petanque Championships 1997 will be the steering force for the good future of petanque in the region and, more importantly, the friendly relation between Asian countries.
The Princess Mother's Favourite Sport
Throughout her life, Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother had wholeheartedly supported her royal son's in enhancing the betterment of the Thai people in all areas and in every way possible. Even in the late years of her life. HRH the Princess Mother had devoted herself to charity work,
being the patron of many development projects. She had regularly journeyed to mountains and forests in remote areas throughout the northern part of the country to visit people, particularly the hilltribes, to help upgrade their living standard as well as to encourage sustainable development.
In the field of sports, as the patron of the Petanque Federation of Thailand, the princess Mother has been the driving force in promoting the popularity and the development of petanque in Thailand. The art of throwing the metallic petanque boule was her favourite sport,
saying that it was her best medicine. She recommended petanque as the sport for people of all ages. Not only good for health, it also creates a spirit of unity among groups. HRH the Princess Mother and her royal daughter, HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra
have been highly admired for their excellence in the game. Thanks to her devoted effort to the development of the sport in Thailand, petanque is commonly known as "The Princess Mother's Game"
Today, petanque has been included among games played in major sports competitions of various organizations both in public and private sectors, such as in National Sports, Thai Army's Sports, Universities' Sports, State Enterprises' Sports and etc. Over recent years, petanque has steadily been
gaining in popularity among Thai people.