Snooker Makes Historic Debut at World Abilitysport Games

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The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has recently revealed that snooker will be featured in the World Abilitysport Games for the first time. This groundbreaking event is organized by World Abilitysport, a newly established body resulting from the merger of the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation and Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association. The organization’s primary objective is to enable individuals with physical impairments who desire to engage in sports, whether for leisure or competition at the highest levels.

Confirming positive discussions between the WPBSA and World Abilitysport, it has been announced that snooker will be part of the Games, which will host over 1,000 athletes with physical impairments participating in 11 sports leading up to the next year’s Paralympic Games in Paris. The Sports Association for the Disabled of Thailand will be hosting the Games from December 3 to 9, 2023.

Snooker, initially introduced by neurologist Ludwig Guttman in 1944 at the National Spinal Injuries Centre and Stoke Mandeville Hospital, became one of the founding sports of the Paralympic Games in Rome 1960.

In recent years, the WPBSA, through its subsidiary organization World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS), has been instrumental in creating competitive opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Over 40 recognized events have been staged in the UK and mainland Europe, attracting players from various countries, including India, Hong Kong, Belgium, and Poland.

Both the WPBSA and WDBS share a common goal of seeing snooker return to the Paralympic Games and are thrilled about the inclusion of the sport in this significant event.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson expressed, “Snooker’s inclusion at this year’s World Abilitysport Games represents a landmark moment for our sport.” He further emphasized the growth of snooker and the importance of its presence at a prestigious multisports event like the World Abilitysport Games.

Nigel Mawer QPM, Chairman of WDBS, described this development as a major step forward for disability snooker and an excellent opportunity to showcase the sport on an international stage. He thanked everyone involved, including officials, referees, volunteers, players, and their caregivers or supporters, for making this milestone possible.

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