The 2019 Pan American Snooker Championship will come to the United States, as the newly formed Pan American Billiards and Snooker Association (PABSA) will host this prestigious international snooker event at Q Ball Snooker & Pool in Houston, Texas, from January 30 – February 3.
The competition will have the top 48 players from North and South America including former professionals from the region. It will be spearheaded with players such as Igor Figueiredo and Itaro Santos, will also have pool professionals including Corey Deuel participate in the competition. Top players from Canada, USA and Bermuda will also be competing to win the prestigious Pan American snooker championship.
The Championship will commence just days after the conclusion of the 2019 World Seniors Snooker Championship qualifying event at Q Ball Snooker & Pool, giving those eligible players the opportunity to compete in both competitions.
PABSA will also be holding regional billiards event, the first of it that will be held in Winnipeg, Canada in May of 2019. Women’s and Masters events will be held from 2020 as a part of the Pan American Championships.
Prior to the Championship, PABSA will hold their first meeting, and it is anticipated that Jason Ferguson, the chairman of both the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA) and the World Snooker Federation (WSF), will be present.
Ajeya Prabhakar, PABSA president said: “We are extremely proud to be able to hold the Pan American Snooker Championships in the US and we are looking to grow from strength to strength in our region. We have a lot of history with snooker in the region and we are happy that its again growing with clubs and viewership expanding here. We would like to thank the WSF and especially Jason Ferguson for patiently working with us and the unwavering support he has given us.”
Learn more about PABSA at its website: www.pabsa.org
Today on the 16th August 2018 an Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) was held in Frankfurt, Germany.
It was unanimously agreed at the EGA that the membership status of the WCBS will be made up of the World Pool-Billiard Association (pool), Union Mondiale de Billiard (carom) and that the snooker membership will now made up of the WPBSA and the IBSF as equal independent members.
This decision is dependent on the WPBSA and IBSF reaching a formal agreement to work together by 16th December 2018.
The World Snooker Federation (WSF) is pleased to announce the Pan American Snooker and Billiards Association (PABSA), a new continental federation which has become a full member of the WSF.
PABSA brings together key stakeholders like the USA, Canada, Brazil and more creating a new platform to develop new opportunities through the WSF’s mission to create a seamless structure for snooker’s global development from amateur to professional.
Snooker has a rich history in the Americas region, from the achievements of Cliff Thorburn who became our first-ever world champion from outside of the UK back in 1980 to the amazing 13-year-old Nicolly Christo of Brazil who impressed many at this year’s WSF Championships as a potential star of the future.
The upcoming season will already see new American activity with World Seniors Snooker Tour qualifying events being staged in both Canada and the USA.
Jason Ferguson, WSF president said “WSF Continental and National Federations now span most of the world and we look forward to supporting the needs of our members, their players and officials. We are excited to work with people and organisations who clearly share our passion for billiards sports.
“Throughout the 1980s professional snooker saw sporting greats from the Americas region, our global work continues to demonstrate that there are hidden talents in all parts of the world.
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“Our job as a global federation is to reach out and ensure the opportunities are there for these talents. There is great potential in this part of the world and I would like to congratulate Ajeya Prabhakar of the United States Snooker Association on making this federation a reality. It is with open arms that welcome PABSA to our family.”
Ajeya Prabhakar, USSA president said: “I am extremely thankful to Felipe Martins and Pedro Rolim from Brazil and John White, Randall Morrison and Steve Cooper from Canada for sharing the vision in our region and working hard towards our convergence into PABSA along with other countries.
“I would also like to thank Jason Ferguson who has tirelessly supported us since we first started PABSA in 2010. We have come a long way with Jason’s support and we are looking forward to working with the WSF and an exciting chapter ahead for us.”
UPDATED: PABSA will stage the Pan American Snooker Championship in New York, USA from 1-4 February 2019.
Learn more about PABSA at its new website: www.pabsa.org
We are today pleased to announce that the African Billiards and Snooker Confederation (ABSC) has become the latest regional body to become a full member of the World Snooker Federation (WSF).
The agreement follows positive discussions between both organisations in recent months during which it has become clear that the interests of the WSF and ABSC are aligned for the ongoing development of snooker both regionally and globally.
The WSF is hugely excited by the potential of the Africas region as part of snooker’s worldwide development and is committed to supporting the activities of the ABSC to grow the sport and to provide opportunities to African players to compete at the highest level.
It was recently announced that this year’s African national champion Mohamed Ibrahim of Egypt has been awarded a main tour place for the next two seasons. His countryman and reigning African 6-Red champion Mohamed Khairy will also take his place at September’s SangSom 6-Red World Championship as an international qualifier.
Jason Ferguson, WSF President said: “I am honoured to be able to work with Mohammed Kammah and his team at the ABSC. He has worked hard for many years in leading our sport in the region, including the organisation of the All-African Championships and more recently by creating a landmark opportunity to develop snooker further in the region through inclusion in the All-African Games.
“This is a vast region with many players and huge potential to play a key role in our ongoing development work for snooker globally. Already we are pleased to have provided a pathway for African players to the World Snooker Tour and I am optimistic that with the commitment shown by Mohammed and his team, we will see even more talented players from Africa competing at the highest level.”
Mohammed Kammah, ABSC president said: “The ABSC cares about the players, referees and promoting the sport in Africa. The amateur circuit is the blood veins of the professional circuit and both bodies have to work together for the welfare of the sport. It is every player’s dream to play in the professional tournaments and we are keeping that dream with the respect and good cooperation between the ABSC and the WPBSA Group.
“We are very pleased with the support we are getting from the WPBSA Group and I am sure that together we will achieve a great future for Africa.”
Today’s news follows the recent announcement that the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation has also joined the WSF.
We are today delighted to welcome the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation (OBSF) as the latest full member of the World Snooker Federation (WSF).
The WSF continues to welcome the support of national and regional bodies that share its commitment to both good governance and the expansion of amateur snooker across the globe. With its rich history in the sport, the Oceania region is a key area for strategic development over the coming years and both the WSF and OBSF are excited about the opportunities ahead.
As previously announced, Oceania will be granted a place at this year’s SangSom 6-Red World Championship in Thailand, with a qualifying tournament to be staged in July. This is just the beginning as WSF align the interests of Oceania’s many players with the World Snooker Tour.
Jason Ferguson, WSF President said: “I am today pleased to be able to welcome the OBSF to the WSF family. The Oceania region has played a significant role in a long history of billiards sports. OBSF President Frank Dewens and his team work tirelessly providing a strong framework for our sport to develop and I am very excited to be able to harness this passion and commitment within our group.”
We are today pleased to announce further information in respect of six international qualifiers who will compete at this year’s SangSom 6-Red World Championship in September.
The tenth staging of the event won in 2017 by Mark Williams will take place from 3-8 September in Bangkok, Thailand, with a mix of the sport’s top professionals and leading amateurs making up a top class international field.
Following discussions between representatives of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), WSF and the tournament organising committee it has been agreed that six of the qualifying players will be selected as follows:
- 1x Africa qualifier
- 1x U.A.E. qualifier
- 1x European qualifier
- 1x Oceania qualifier
- 2x WSF qualifiers
Former professional world number 95 Mohamed Khairy of Egypt will represent Africa following his victory at the 2018 African 6-Red Championship in Cairo last month.
He will be joined by 2007 Asian Indoor Games snooker gold medallist Mohammed Shehab of the United Arab Emirates, a well-known and highly decorated player in the region which is working closely with the WSF in respect of ongoing and future projects.
New professional Luo Honghao of China and Marvin Lim Chun Kiat from Singapore have also qualified as the best two performing Asian players at the inaugural WSF Championship in Malta earlier this year.
The names of the final two players are still to be confirmed, with the winners of this week’s EBSA European 6-Red Championship and of a 6-Red qualifying tournament to be staged in Oceania this July to also earn their places in Thailand.
Jason Ferguson, WSF President said: “This is another significant demonstration of our global strategy of collaboration with the many regional and national federations who have pledged their support to the WSF to date. We are proud to be able to provide a pathway to significant international tournaments such as the SangSom 6-Red World Championship as the event celebrates its tenth anniversary this year in Thailand.”
The announced players will join 16 professionals from the World Snooker Tour, as well as a further 10 amateur players to be invited by the tournament organising committee.
Read how Mark Williams captured the title for the first time last year HERE.