Start Date24 Jul 2017
Finish Date30 Jul 2017
Total Prize Money
Winner Prize Money
Current Champion(s)Kyren Wilson
The World Games in July 2017 included a snooker even in the city of Wroclaw (Poland) . 16 players participated, male and female from across the globe.
Kyren Wilson won the gold medal with a 3-1 defeat of Ali Carter in the final.
Both players were competing in the Games for the first time, a multisports event staged by the International World Games Association every four years during the year following the Olympic Games.
Wilson became the second player from Great Britain to win gold at the World Games (after Nigel Bond 2009).
Wilson said: “I am over the moon, it is very quickfire snooker best of fives so it’s probably who gets off to the best start. Ali is obviously a great player and to win a gold medal against him in the final is the icing on the cake.
“I just felt that my long game was there straight away so I was getting in first and at 2-0 I didn’t think he had seen a ball really. I missed a silly brown running off three cushions for a red and that’s when Ali stepped in and made a century so I knew if I got my chance again in the next frame I had to make it count and luckily for me I did.
“I’m going to give the medal to my son Finley, he’s used to the chocolate gold medals so I am going to have to stop him from eating it!” explained former Shanghai Masters champion Wilson. “He will be very happy, he has been ringing be every day saying ‘daddy bring home the gold medal’ so he’ll be over the moon.
“It has been amazing, it has been nice to see what the other athletes have been up to and where they have come from and their stories. It has been a fantastic event from what I have seen and hopefully snooker will continue to play a big part in it.”
Runner-up Carter said: “I’m still proud to be taking home a silver medal, it’s more than I came here with. Obviously I wanted the gold but nevertheless I’m proud to be taking home the silver. It’s all building blocks for me, good practice and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
“The event as a whole has been very successful and how our sport is not in the Olympics I will never know, hopefully this week will help us to take it there in the future.”