The World Snooker Federation (WSF) received unanimous support for constitutional changes at its latest General Assembly held online on Friday 18 December 2020.
The meeting was attended by delegates from across the globe including the European, Asia-Pacific, Americas and African regions, who were all formally welcomed by WSF President Jason Ferguson.
Alongside the approval of the WSF independently audited accounts, matters to be ratified included proposed changes to the WSF constitution aimed at streamlining formalities and giving the organisation greater flexibility as it continues to grow. Agreement was also sought on the proposed change of registered office from its existing office in Geneva to Lausanne close to the home of the International Olympic Committee.
All of these matters received unanimous approval from those present.
Ferguson said: “It is truly a pleasure to be able to meet with representatives of our many members around the world who share our vision to grow our wonderful sport from grassroots to professional level.”
“It has of course been a challenging year for us all and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has clearly been felt by amateur snooker, both at national and international level. However, I remain greatly optimistic that the future of our sport remains bright and that the decisions taken today will only help us expand further as we emerge from Covid-19 to help aspiring new players to achieve their dreams.”
“Communication and building trusting relationships around the world is key to the future and I would like to thank delegates who attended today and registered their vote of confidence to snooker’s International Federation.”
It is with regret that we have taken the responsible decision to postpone the 2019 World Snooker Federation Championships.
It was disappointing that at this late stage the UAEBSA were unable to host us, however in order not to let down players and officials, the WSF board and management team took immediate action and formally secured an alternative location and date in just a few days. We must thank the China Billiards & Snooker Association (CBSA) for their offer of assistance in this matter.
Having reviewed this alternative plan and consulting with federations and partners, it is clear that a number of players may suffer due to travel arrangements and late visas. With this in mind, we feel it would not be appropriate to stage such a prestigious global event without a full international field of entry. We have therefore decided not to proceed with the event at this stage.
The WSF has become a large network for snooker and billiards development and is working to support many projects in regions around the world. World Snooker Tour Qualification is already being earned through WSF membership in the European Championships, Pan American Championship, Africas Championship and Oceania Championship. World Snooker Tour places are also granted to the CBSA through their national tour.
Further playing opportunities are also being developed through WSF member regions and national federations. We are excited to be the supporting partner to the African Billiards & Snooker Confederation for snookers inclusion in the 2019 African Games, something which can only be described as a landmark achievement for our sports globalisation.
The official 2019 World Women’s Snooker Championship, part of the World Women’s Snooker Tour will continue to be staged in the next few months. Further opportunities will be available for federations to nominate players for this event and venue details and dates will be communicated to you soon.
The World Snooker Federation (WSF) held its latest board meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on the 4th of September during the staging of the 2018 SangSom 6-Red World Championship.
For many years Thailand has played host to meetings involving international federations from across the globe. This year’s meetings were held as part of the ongoing sports development plans by the WSF and WPBSA.
Topics discussed at the meeting included the future strategy of the WSF, multi-sport events and the support of the bid for cue sports to be included as part of the programme at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Delegates in attendance included WSF President Jason Ferguson, WSF Vice Chairman Nigel Mawer QPM, WSF General Secretary Maxime Cassis and WSF Treasurer Mike Peachey.
On the 5th of September the WSF board were joined by its regional and continental members. The European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) was represented by John Terry, the Pan American Billiards and Snooker Association (PABSA) was represented by President Ajeya Prabhakar and the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation (OBSF) by President Frank Dewens. The Billiards and Snooker Association of Thailand (BSAT) were also respectfully invited as observers.
WSF President Jason Ferguson said “The past few days have been both positive and exciting. There are so many fantastic projects ahead like the development of Pan American Championships, the 2019 Africas Games and finding more opportunities for players who have to travel vast distances from places like Oceania. We have much to do, but with the passionate team of people we have seen this week we are confident that the future of our sport is bright.”
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 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.”