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Disability Snooker Supports Paris 2024 Olympic Bid

Billiard sports launched its bid to become part of the Paris 2024 Olympic Sports programme last Friday at a special ceremony at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Hosted by the Billiards 2024 Committee and supported by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and World Snooker, the event represents a significant milestone billiard sports’ bid for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Games.

Among those present were WPBSA Vice Chairman Nigel Mawer QPM and former world professional snooker champion Shaun Murphy, who joined senior representatives from the Fédération Française de Billard (FFB) and other international organisations to support the bid.

Billiard sports previously applied to join the Olympic programme for the Tokyo 2020 Games and three years on is in a significantly stronger position to be successful as cuesports continue to grow globally.

The first step to securing Olympic status for 2024 was taken earlier this year by the World Confederation of Billiard Sports (WCBS), the umbrella organisation representing snooker, pool and carom billiards, when the formal submission for billiard sports to be included as an additional sport at the Paris Games was made with the full cooperation of the FFB.

A sport for all

Snooker in particular has a proven track record of staging high-quality international events with the World Snooker Tour now comprising 27 major tournaments around the world, with a television reach of 1.6 billion homes. The sport is played in approximately 100 countries with players from across the globe regularly participating.

The sport is strongly represented at both professional and amateur levels and under the guidance of former WCBS President Jason Ferguson and former General Secretary Maxime Cassis, was successfully included at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw at which leading professional Kyren Wilson of England won the prestigious gold medal.

Snooker’s International Federation the World Snooker Federation (WSF) has since brought together professional and amateur bodies, including women’s and disability organisations, providing opportunities for all to compete on the same field of play.

WSF President Jason Ferguson said: “Today represents an important landmark in what is a serious bid for the inclusion of billiard sports at the Paris 2024 Games. With the levels of participation in our great sport consistently increasing and new opportunities being created by the WSF and its partners for people across the globe to be able to pick up a cue, the sport has never been in a stronger position to take its rightful place on the Olympic programme.”

Following today’s announcement of the bid, next year will see a further demonstration event staged in Paris which will showcase the Olympic values of billiard sports.

For more information about the Billiards 2024 Committee and please visit: https://billiards2024.paris/

New Ambassadors for WDBS

World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) has recently announced that leading professional snooker star Shaun Murphy and Olympic/Paralympic broadcaster Rob Walker have both agreed to become WDBS ambassadors ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Former world number three Murphy is one of the most recognisable players in the sport and one of only ten players ever to have won each of snooker’s iconic ‘triple crown’ events, the World Championship, UK Championship and Masters. Alongside his playing career, the 35-year-old is now also closely involved in the administration of the sport having been elected to the board of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association last December.

Shaun Murphy said: “I am proud to be able to represent WDBS in this way and to help raise awareness for some of the incredible people who play snooker.

“I have followed the growth of the WDBS and the opportunities that have been created for people with disabilities to be able to play our sport with keen interest during the past three years. I see no reason why snooker cannot one day retake its place at the Paralympics where it was successfully contested until 1988.”

Murphy is joined by sports broadcaster Rob Walker, best known among snooker fans for being the BBC’s Master of Ceremonies, a role that he has held since 2007. As well as his work in snooker, Walker has covered several other sports, including multiple Paralympic Games, most recently at the Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea this March.

Walker said: “I am honoured to have been asked to become an ambassador for the WDBS. If I can play even a tiny role in helping snooker and its campaign to get it back into the Paralympics then I will be really chuffed and it will be a fantastic thing to be a part of.

“There is a great opportunity for snooker. It is such an inclusive sport and we can provide world class facilities so there is a lot that will appeal to the International Paralympic Committee. This is an exciting time, so let’s make sure that we get on this journey and we can get snooker back into the Paralympics. That is the goal!”

We look forward to welcoming both Shaun and Rob to visit WDBS events later this year and thank them for their support.