Seems a little odd

The genteel world of pétanque has been rocked by accusations that Belgian players use cocaine to give them a performance-enhancing edge in international matches.

British holidaymakers have long been charmed by the sight of aging players idly tossing their boules on the sun-kissed courts and squares of France.

But two leading Dutch pétanque internationals have sparked outrage in the sport by claiming that Belgian players dope in the hard-fought matches.

“I know enough Belgian players who use coke,” Edward Vinke, 46, told the the Vice sports website. “They go to the toilet and do not throw a wrong ball when they come back. They really feel like the king.”

“I experienced it once,” Kees Koogje, 27, told the website,“We were far ahead and had played flawlessly. Then they went to the bathroom for ten minutes and came back with huge eyes. Everything went well for them.”

Why would cocaine aid? Is it a confidence thing? Going for throws that more normally wouldn’t be tried but should be?

8 comments on “Seems a little odd

  1. I’ve never been around people who’ve taken so I can only go by what bis has said in the past and assume its to bore your opponents in to submission.

  2. ‘Mr Borré, who wants pétanque to be made an Olympic sport, said, “If you are Olympic, you get money. Then we can solve that possible problem with that cocaine.”‘

    Throwing around more money cuts cocaïne abuse? Seems a little naive…

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