2017 Snooker Hong Kong Masters Press Conference

Olympic Ambitions

Olympic ambitions

The WPBSA also works as part of Cue Sports Umbrella Organisation the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) that incorporates Snooker (WPBSA and IBSF), Pool (WPA) and Carom (UMB). The WCBS works towards the ultimate ambition of getting all three disciplines into the Olympics and Paralympics games.

On 12 June 2015 The WCBS was informed that it had been included within a group of 26 sports seeking to be added to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

On 22 June 2015, the I.O.C reduced that number down from 26 to 8 and unfortunately Cue Sports was not one of the 8 sports selected.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the contributing parties to the bid including The World Pool-Billiard Association, The Union Mondiale de Billiard, the IBSF and the WPBSA – through their partnership the World Snooker Federation. We would also like to say a huge thank you to the Nippon Billiards Association of Japan for supporting our bid and making our voice heard. Finally we would also like to thank the International Olympic Committee for giving us a fair and transparent platform on which to make our bid.

Cue sports have made vast strides forward in recent years in terms of fulfilling the Olympic criteria. Snooker, pool and carom are played and watched by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. We are committed to continuing this progress in the coming years.

We will move forward more determined and more focused on achieving the status of an Olympic Sport and we look forward to starting our bid for the 2024 Olympics.