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Boules to push for Olympic inclusion

The Confédération Mondiale des Sports Boules (CMSB) has launched a campaign to include the sport of boules in the programme for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Claude Azéma, the president of the CMSB, the sport’s global governing body, announced the launch in Monaco.

The CMSB is pushing the three boules disciplines of French petanque, Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a popular version of the game in Italy. About 20 million people play boules on a regular basis in France and Italy, as well as more than two million people across 150 other countries.

Azéma said that the sport’s application was consistent with the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 reform programme. Under the programme, Games host cities can propose at least one sport to add to the Olympics.

Paris and Rome are bidding for the 2024 Games, as well as Budapest, Hamburg and Los Angeles.