PARIS, 13 March, 2019 – The first ever simultaneous multi-discipline billiards event took place this week near Paris. A part of the Billiards 2024 campaign, this fast-paced, new format event was more of an exhibition but showed what the World Games could become in the future, as our sport still seeks a format that would facilitate its inclusion into the Olympic Games.
With a very simple – but innovative – setup, three tables were laid out inside of a 400-seat arena, in the cultural center of Roissy-en-France, minutes away from Paris’ renowned international airport. A 12ft snooker in the center, a 10ft carom table on the left and a 9ft pool table on the right – billiards’ major disciplines, all part of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports, were present.
After two days of play, Women’s Team Asia led by pool’s superstar Kim Ga-young from Korea, and featuring Pheavy Sruong from Cambodia playing carom, as well as snooker’s Amee Kamani, won all of their matches on their way to victory.
In the men’s event, it came as no surprise that Team Europe composed of 3-cushion legend Frederic Caudron, pro snooker player and World Games champion Kyren Wilson, as well as pool’s World #1 Joshua Filler won 8 of their 9 matches, making things look easy and showing how all billiards’ disciplines can be played at the highest level.
In total, 24 of the World’s best Snooker, Carom and Pool players came together to confront their skills away from the usual pressure of official competitions, giving the World Team Trophy a unique, friendly spirit – as best demonstrated by Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo, who received loud cheers from the audience for both his mastering of the snooker table and his tongue-in-cheek attitude.
As the event drew to a close, France’s men won in convincing fashion with the young guns Fabio Rizzi and Brian Ochoiski shutting out respectively Philippine’s Johann Chua, and China’s Xu. The future of pocket billiards in France is in good hands!
France’s best 3-cushion player and captain Jeremy Bury ended things in style with a nice run to seal the deal and the crowd was pleased to witness the local champions show they can certainly shine on the World stage.
After a successful two-day display of pool, carom and snooker mixed together, our committee would like to thank the WCBS for their continued trust in our project, as well as the French Billiards Federation, without whom nothing could have been done.
Our partners Billards Bréton, Bilhares Carrinho, Ultimate Team Gear, Andy Cloth, Hainsworth Top Table, Iwan Simonis Cloth, Cosmos, Cyclop, Saluc and of course the city of Roissy-en-France.
The players and the audience alike gave this first edition of the World Team Trophy a warm welcome, as WCBS President Ian Anderson celebrated the efforts of the Billiards 2024 committee and the French Federation, host of this first edition of this multi-discipline event. It was later said that under the WCBS’ guidance, this event could feature many countries – instead of continents – and would be staged every two years.
If you missed the action, or to watch the World Team Trophy best matches again, the whole tournament can be streamed now by clicking on the links below:
Day 1: MONDAY, 11th of March, 2019
10:00 FRANCE / EUROPE Women FB Live
11:30 ASIA / WORLD Women FB Live
13:00 EUROPE / ASIA Men Olympic Channel
14:30 FRANCE / WORLD Men Olympic Channel
16:00 FRANCE / WORLD Women Olympic Channel
17:30 EUROPE / ASIA Women Olympic Channel
19:00 FRANCE / EUROPE Men FB Live
Day 2: TUESDAY, 12th of March, 2019
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About Billiards 2024:
Billiards 2024 is the structure in charge of the promotion of Billiards’ bid for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It is composed of senior members of Billiards’ different managing bodies, as well as players and industry giants.
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Our Billiards 2024 committee would like to extend its gratitude to its partners Andy Billiard Cloth, American Poolplayers Association, Aramith, BCA Pool League, Billards Bréton, Bilhares Carrinho, Buffalo Royal Plus Cloth, Cuetec, Cyclop, Decathlon, Diamond Billiard Balls, Diamond Billiard Products, Gabriels, Hainsworth, Hanbat, Imperial USA, Iwan Simonis, Kamui, Longoni, Master Billiard Chalk, Mezz Cues, Poison Cues, Predator, Rasson, Sivissidis Billiards, Tiger, Ultimate Team Gear, Universal, Ventus, Viking, Wiraka, Xing Pai, and Zan Tips for their support in promoting and sharing our efforts.
Billiards 2024 would also like to thank its media providers: Kozoom, Orange Forks Productions, Matchroom Multi Sport, World Snooker, AZ Billiards, Billiards Digest, CueSports International and Touch Magazin.