Q. Team ëAí throw the cochonnet to about 9.5 metres. They then throw their first boule that knocks the cochonnet on to about 11 metres from the circle. Team ëBí claim that the cochonnet is over 10 metres and therefore invalid. Are they correct?
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A. Yes, because the umpire will measure the distance from the cochonnet to the nearest edge of the circle (article 7) and on this occasion the distance is over 10 metres.
However, there is a way to prevent this sort of disagreement.
If team ëAí had marked the position of the cochonnet before they threw their first boule the umpire would have been able to measure from the mark to the nearest edge of the circle confirming that it had been valid before being moved by the first thrown boule.
This ruling was discussed and agreed by members of the FIPJP's Technical Committee at the World Championships in Germany 1996.
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