Snooker: New International Federation formed in bid to become an Olympic Sport

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

A new International Sports Federation, the World Snooker Federation (WSF), has been formed, with a view to snooker being accepted as part of the Olympic Programme.

The WSF has been established as a not-for-profit organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the home of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other International Sports Federations.

The WSF will bring together both amateur and professional snooker and will be an umbrella body for the sport and includes the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).

The European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA), which includes 44 National Federations as members, has also confirmed its affiliation to WSF.

The WSF will be governed by a Board consisting of six members, with a minimum of one member from Asia and two members representing other parts of the world. The EBSA chairman, Maxime Cassis, will be a member of the Board and also act as the General Secretary of the WSF. A former Chief Superintendent of the UK Metropolitan Police, Nigel Mawer, will also be a member of the Board and responsible for the governance and integrity of the WSF.

The chairman of the board of the WSF will be the WPBSA chairman, Jason Ferguson, who commented as follows:

“Following a restructure of the sport in 2010, the World Professional Snooker Tour has never been stronger. We have seen unprecedented growth and we are now a truly global sport…..”

And added:

“We must ensure there are no barriers in our sport, no matter of politics, race, gender or disability. Only when we achieve this, can we be considered to be a ‘true sport’…..”

Snooker missed out on its first attempt to be included in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but will continue its quest for ultimate recognition by the IOC!

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘ian.blackshaw@orange.fr’