In its meeting of 11 July, the members of the FIPJP Executive Committee considered that, like most other sports, it was necessary to start occupying the ground again and not to accept without acting a new blank year. After the visit of several sites ready to replace Lausanne (Switzerland) and Ayuttahya (Thailand) which had given up because of the consequences of the pandemic, then the cancellation of the European Championships, it was decided to entrust the organisation of the three competitions to Spain on the site of Santa Susanna, already approached for the Youth and the Women.
The Spanish Federation, strongly supported by the government and local authorities as well as by an available hotel complex, committed itself enthusiastically to the project. In particular, its leaders accepted the health requirements of the FIPJP, for whom the protection of the health of athletes and managers is much better ensured by the conditions in which competitions are organised than by leaving them at home.
In line with the view that the more extensive the vaccination, the less the pandemic will last, the FIPJP will require that all members of the delegations have received the necessary doses of vaccine at least 15 days before the competitions. As far as the public is concerned, the organisation will comply with the requirements of the Catalan and Spanish authorities, particularly in terms of size and distance, but the FIPJP will at least ask that potential spectators present a negative PCR test, and a specific centre can be set up on site.
Very soon and after finalizing the last details with the Spanish Federation of Petanque, in particular for the International Congress and the accommodation, the FIPJP will send a detailed circular to all the national federations but the dates should be from 12 to 14 November for the Women and the Youth according to the same formula as in Cambodia, then from 19 to 21 for the Men, the International Congress being held on the 18th.