Valencian ballgame travels to Belgium

Valencian ballgame travels to Belgium

CAMPELLO’S champion pelotari Josep Martinez Asensi, “Martines,” will play for Spain in next year’s Pelota (ballgame) World Championship in Belgium.
Due to be held this year, like so much else, the sporting event had to be postponed owing to the Covid-19 health crisis.
“Josep is one of our most outstanding award-winning sportsmen,” said Campello’s Sports councillor Cristian Palomares, congratulating him on his inclusion in the national llargues team.
Born in 1969, Josep has been playing the Valencian ballgame pelota since he was 15 and was first chosen for the national side in 1987.  He currently trains in La Nucia.
He helped carried the Olympic flame in 1992 when Spain hosted the Games and was included on every Spanish side without interruption until 2007 when he decided to stop competing internationally.

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Linda Hall

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