WDBS Signs Agreement with World Abilitysport

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World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is very pleased to announce that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with World Abilitysport.

World Abilitysport, who host the biennial World Abilitysport Games, are a body established with aims to ensure that everyone with a physical impairment that wants to participate in sport either for leisure or to compete at the highest levels can do so.

Medalists at the 2023 World Abilitysport Games

The 2023 World Abilitysport Games in Thailand was a landmark moment for the WDBS as disability snooker was contested at an international multisport games for the first time since the 1988 Paralympic Games.

Players from Great Britain, Thailand, Belgium, Poland and Hong Kong China each earned medals on a final day which concluded with an unforgettable medal ceremony for the successful cueists.

Medalists celebrate on the podium at the 2023 World Abilitysport Games in Thailand

The new agreement between WDBS and World Abilitysport will see the two bodies work together to increase sporting opportunities for physically impaired athletes and continue to offer snooker on the World Abilitysport Games sport programmes.

World Abilitysport will also offer support to the WDBS in developing its current classification system to comply with International Paralympic Committee (IPC) standards, as WDBS continues to work towards the goal of gaining entry for disability snooker into the Paralympic Games.

World Abilitysport President Rudi Van den Abbeele said: “Following the memorable debut of snooker on our Games programme last year in Thailand, we are delighted to formalise our cooperation with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. We look forward to working closer together, creating more opportunities and growing the sport for people with physical impairments globally.”

WDBS chairman Nigel Mawer outside Sheffield's Crucible Theatre after signing the signing the agreement with World Abilitysport

Nigel Mawer QPM, WDBS Chairman, said: “We are incredibly excited to sign an agreement with World Abilitysport as we continue to work towards our goal of growing disability snooker globally and ultimately restoring to the Paralympic Games.

“The 2023 World Abilitysport Games in Thailand was a landmark occasion for WDBS and we are excited to be working together to further increase the opportunities available in disability snooker.”