2018 OCEANIA BILLIARDS AND SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES
OCEANIA TO GO AHEAD
15 Jan 2018
Recently there has been a release from the WPBSA about an event to take place in Malta which alas clashes with the Oceania Championships already scheduled for the 7th – 17thMarch at Mounties in NSW. This is very disappointing but alas out of our control.
As our event was already advertised and venue, sponsors and accommodation already finalised it is not possible for the OBSF to change their dates as has been suggested. Some players have advised the OBSF that they have already booked their flights for the Oceania Championships which makes it impossible to consider changing our dates.
We appreciate that this is not the best situation but we cannot remedy this situation that was not created by the OBSF.
We look forward to seeing players from throughout the Oceania region at the Championships supporting the event and the major sponsor Mounties who does so much for the sport in our region.
The World Snooker Federation (WSF) has today announced the beginning of its own official WSF Championships, which will run from 14-24 March 2018. The event will be played at the Dolmen Hotel, Malta and provide new and exciting opportunities for amateur players.
The winner of the main WSF Championship will receive a first prize of €10,000 and earn a two-year tour card for the World Snooker Tour. The four semi-finalists of the event will all be invited to compete at the 2018 World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, England, which this year carries a record first prize of £425,000. The event will run from 18-24 March.
The WSF Championships will also consist of the official 2018 World Women’s Snooker Championship, the champion of which will receive €6,000 and again the winner will qualify to enter the 2018 World Snooker Championship in April.
There will also be an event staged for players over-40 years of age, to be known as the WSF Seniors Championship. There will be a first prize of €6,000 for this competition, and following the recent WPBSA announcement regarding an official World Seniors Tour, the winner will receive a personal invitation to compete in a major international World Seniors event.
The top eight players of both the Women’s and Seniors events will automatically qualify to play in the main WSF Championship, providing equal opportunities for both men and women to earn a two-year tour place on the World Snooker Tour. Both of these events will be played during 14-17 March.
The events will also be played on Star tables, further preparing players before they join the lucrative professional circuit.
WSF President Jason Ferguson said: “The announcement of our first WSF Championship marks the beginning of a new dawn for amateur snooker across the globe. The Championships will provide equal opportunities, exciting bonuses for elite performers and a clear a pathway to a career in our wonderful sport.”
Further information, including event entry details, will be released in due course.
IS THIS THE FUTURE PATHWAY FOR NEW ZEALAND?
In October 2017 the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) announced its involvement in a new era of sports governance for snooker and billiards with the official launch of the World Snooker Federation (WSF).
The WSF brings together both amateur and professional snooker and will be a key organisation as snooker looks to take its place on the Olympic and Paralympic programme. The WSF has been formally established as a not for profit International Sports Federation (IF) in Switzerland. The WSF will be based in Lausanne, Switzerland, home to many influential international sports organisations, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Regional & National Federations
The WSF is open to accepting membership from Regional Bodies and National Federations across the world that share its vision to grow the sport at all levels.
With the support of these Bodies and Federations the WSF will now form part of an international structure for snooker and billiards in which National Federations can develop new and exciting opportunities. For the past seven years the WPBSA and World Snooker have established many new events working in close co-operation with National Federations such as the Indian Open, Riga Open, 6 Reds World Championship in Thailand and various ranking events in China.
The growth of the sport through these relationships and the increased commercialisation of the tour through World Snooker has enabled the WPBSA to make significant investments in grassroots development projects. Projects such as World Disability Snooker, the World Women’s Snooker Tour, Cue Zone into Schools supported by accredited coaching programmes are all now gaining momentum. It is the WPBSA’s wish to work closely with many more National Federations around the world and this can now be achieved through the World Snooker Federation members.
The WSF will also provide vital playing opportunities through the staging of a unified WSF Amateur Championship. This new, mixed gender event will be open to the elite performing players of National Federations who are members of the WSF and provide an opportunity to qualify for a place on the World Snooker Tour. The first staging of this Championship will take place before the start of the next (2018/19) World Snooker Tour season.
The WPBSA has already announced that it will assist with the funding of a new Challenge Tour which will work alongside the World Snooker Tour to developing elite pathways for top amateurs and new emerging talent. National Federations who are WSF Members will have further opportunities to host some of these events.
The WSF will be run by a board of directors who will ensure that appropriate governance and accounting practices are in place. The board will be supported by a newly constituted Council comprising up to 10 people from across the globe representing different regions and continents. The WSF is committed to bringing together a truly diverse and multinational team.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said “Following a restructure of the professional sport in 2010, the World Professional Snooker Tour has never been stronger. We have seen unprecedented growth and we are now a truly global sport. With this growth comes a responsibility for us to ensure sustainable career pathways for elite talent and playing opportunities for all at all levels. We must ensure there are no barriers in our sport, no matter of politics, race, gender or disability. Only when we achieve this, can we be considered to be a ‘true sport’. There are some incredible people around the world, company directors, players, officials and referees, many of whom serve our sport as volunteers. It is the vision of the WSF to engage with these individuals from within our sports international community.”