Pic left to right: Jason Ferguson, Thomas Bach and Maxime Cassis
The Betfred World Championship in Sheffield may be the centre of attention for snooker fans around the globe for the next fortnight, but 3,000 miles away there is another very important moment for cue sports.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and Maxime Cassis of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports are currently in Sochi, Russia. Along with IOC President Thomas Bach, they are at SportAccord, the body representing recognised Olympic Sports.
A Cue Zone has been set up in the Olympic Demo Zone, with coaches giving lessons to all-comers and raising awareness about cue sports. The facility has proved extremely popular.
Ferguson and Cassis are leading the bid to include cue sports in the 2020 Olympic in Toyko. There are 11 other sports in contention, with the final decision to be made by host nation Japan in August next year.
Ferguson said: “There are meetings taking place all week and we are making a very strong case. Hopefully Thomas Bach will be one of the 400 million people watching the World Championship and will see what a fantastic global event we already have.
If you go through the Olympic Charter, there is not a single page where cue sports don’t meet the criteria. We are far more deserving of a place in the Olympics than some other sports which are already in there.
“I believe we deserve the chance to showcase billiard sports on the Olympic stage and for our best players to have the chance to win medals.”
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