2000.04.04 by Vegar NÊss firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with sorrow we have learned that the President of the European Petanque Federation and the German Petanque Association, our dear friend Karsten K–hler, passed away on April 1st, only 57 years old.
During his years as President of the German Petanque Association the Germans have reached success, both as organizers and through their achievments on the terrains.
The perfect way they organized the 1996 World Championships in Essen has yet to be outranked as number one, and in this tournament the Germans reached the quarter-finals. And last year at Reunion they won the Coupe de Nation, and finished second for the first time at the Intarnational North Sea Tournament.
In the North Sea Committee we often talked about the nessecity of an European Petanque Federation, as we saw the birth of the Asian Federation. It was Karsten who brought this forward on several occations, and naturally was elected President when this organization at last was founded.
Karsten was not only an organizer, but also a player. I've played him myself on several occations tete a tete, and it was few years ago when he and his team reached the last rounds of the German Championship.
We will all remember the man with the great beard for years to come. The North Sea Tournament won't be the same without him.
We send our condolanses to Karstens family and to the German Petanque Association.
We call for peace upon Karsten K–hlers memory.
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