PARIS, 1st December, 2018 – From the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, one of the world’s most popular monuments, Billiards officially launched the most ambitious bidding campaign in its history. The World Confederation of Billiards Sports, which officially announced its candidacy last summer, came together to secure a major triumph. Leaders of Billiards’ main international bodies, as well as industry members and world champions representing every type of billiard game, stood united in order to introduce this bid to a huge crowd of the world’s media.
Ian Anderson (World Confederation of Billiards Sports), Fernando Requena (Union Mondiale de Billard), Nigel Mawer (World Professional Billiard and Snooker Association), Jean-Paul Sinanian (Fédération Française de Billard) and Jean-Pierre Guiraud (“Billiards 2024” Committee) showed their unity, enthusiasm and will to see Billiards feature as an additional sport for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Before an excited and amazed crowd, Florian Kohler, the French trickshot phenomenon, performed a highly impressive show on a “Billiards 2024” branded table, set up on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower for this one-off event.
Watching on were three great champions and ambassadors of the sport: Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan, a world champion of pool, Shaun Murphy (England), world champion of snooker and Jérémy Bury of France, a highly decorated 3-cushion champion.
Leaders of some of the biggest businesses from the Billiards industry were also present: Bernard Bollette (Saluc and Simonis, providers of “Billiards 2024” branded balls and cloth for this launch), Alexander Loontjens (Gabriels, provider of the billiards table for this event), France’s historic table manufacturer Billards Bréton was represented by its CEO Benoît Marteau, as well as Tassos Sivissidis, who especially came from the country of the Olympics to represent Greece’s Sivissidis Billiards. Reda Belhaj (Predator), Corentin Chardin (Decathlon) were also in attendance. All witnessed the rise in power of Billiards’ bid for the Olympic Games, as well as the huge optimism in its chances of success.
Through the offices of the WCBS, over 135 Billiards federations across the globe were represented. With hundreds of millions of players in the world, the Billiards candidacy has made great strides in the 2024 Olympic Games host city, a place where all billiards enthusiasts intend to have their sports represented.
In less than 100 days, on March 11 and 12, 2019, a trial event will be held near Paris in the city of Roissy-en-France. This innovative idea will initiate a brand-new exciting format of team billiards, revolving around parity and universality. The same number of women and men’s teams will compete simultaneously on 3-cushion, 9-ball, and snooker tables in order to win the first-ever “World Team Trophy” in the sport’s history.
Ian Anderson, President of WCBS and WPA:
“The number of players we have in countries like China and India is just astounding, and then we have the massive numbers from other Asian, African, European, and South American countries. It would be a surprise if there is a country anywhere in the world where billiards in some form or
another is not being played.”
Diane Wild, Secretary General of WCBS and UMB Vice-president
“Since its recognition by the IOC in 1998, the WCBS has gone through a major evolution, leading up to today’s unified group representing all disciplines played worldwide.”
Jean-Pierre Guiraud, Billiards 2024 Coordinator:
“Billiard 2024 is working hard, hand in hand with federations, players and partners in order to take part in the Paris Olympic Games of 2024, in the heart of the nation where billiards was born 6 centuries ago.”
Jim Leacy, IBSF Vice-President:
“IBSF Supports the bid for inclusion of Cuesports as part of the Paris 2024 Olympics. We will work tirelessly with our fellow WCBS members from Snooker, Pool and Carom to ensure no effort is spared in this bid process.”
Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA:
“Today represents an important landmark in what is a serious bid for the inclusion of billiard sports at the Paris 2024 Games.”
Jasmin Ouschan, 2005 World Games 9-Ball Gold Medallist:
“I believe our sport deserves the big stage and we have shown in the past that we have followers and fans worldwide. It is a beautiful precision sport with amazing skills.”
Shaun Murphy, 2005 World Snooker Champion:
“We are a sport for all. Through our International Federation, we bring together Professional Sport, Amateur Sport, Disabled Sport, Women’s and Men’s Sport.”
Jérémy Bury, 2018 3-cushion World Championships runner-up
“Cuesports involve four dimensions in its practice: technical, tactical, psychological and physical – the latter being one that people overlook too often. It is a very demanding and complete sport.”
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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