World Championship a Big Success
World Bocce Championship, with the new format and new disciplines, was held successfully in Tucuman Argentina between the 5th and the 10th of March 2019.
The championship was played in three categories; single men, single women, and mixed-doubles which was organized for the first time in Bocce history as an official competition.
21 single men, 19 single women, and 19 mixed-doubles teams participated in the championship. According to country ranking; Italy took first, Brazil second, and San Marino third place. It was a very big success for the 6 Pan-American nations to be ranked in the first 8 places.
Brazil won the first historic mixed-doubles and Italy won both singles
Brazil won the first historic gold medal in mixed-doubles defeating the host Argentina after a very tough match which resulted 12-10. Italy and Chile were the two bronze medallists in this historic competition.
In single men, Italian Formicone won the gold defeating Palomino from Peru with a neat score; 12-2. Galves from Chile and Botto from the USA were the two bronze medallists in this category. Another Italian Luccarini won the gold in single women defeating Paoletti from San Marino after a very hard game which resulted 12-10. Martini from Chile and Fernandes from Uruguay were the bronze medallists.
Precision shooting was tested with 8 nations
Precision shooting competition was organized as a test with the participation of 8 male and 8 female players. The winners were presented Intercontinental Shooting Cup by the organizers. However, CBI board decided to work on a new precision shooting competition which would include both Raffa and Volo shootings.
Opening ceremony a big festival
The opening ceremony of the championship was held in the city hall of Tucuman which was completed with the dinner offered by the governor of Tucuman, Mr. Juan Luis Manzur. It was a big surprise when Governor Manzur declared that a big Bocce complex will be built in Tucuman. President of CBI, Dr. Mutlu Turkmen, expressed his satisfaction with this announcement and promised to attend to the opening of new Bocce complex in Tucuman.
New decisions from CBI board
During the World Championship, president Turkmen had chance to meet with members of Pan American Bocce Confederation and Board members of CBI. The CBI board made serious decisions to continue in reforms and restructuring of CBI. Some of the major decisions are as following;
1- After the failure of the Olympic Games bid for 2024 Paris, the new aim will be the inclusion in the Youth Olympics which will be held in Dakar in 2022. For this purpose, CMSB should be invited to reform its structure and start working immediately.
2- CBI will apply to be a member of IOC recognized international sport for all federation, TAFISA.
3- The continental confederations will organize Junior Championships until the end of October and registrations for the 2020 World Juniors Championship should be started immediately after the quota winners are defined. Players born on and after the 1st January 2001 will be able to play in continental championships and world championship in 2020.
4- An online questionnaire will be developed very soon and shared with member federations to find out a general picture of World Bocce.
5- Marketing and sponsoring probabilities will be searched with professional support.