With fewer than 50 days to go now before the start of the 2017 World Games, the WPBSA has today announced that former ranking event winners Ali Carter and Kyren Wilson will join defending champion Aditya Mehta among a 16-player field in the snooker discipline in Wroclaw, Poland.
First held back in 1981, the World Games take place every four years in the year following the Olympic Games and are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The World Games are organised to promote sports representing affiliated federations and physical culture in general. Since its formation, the IWGA has grown from 12 to 37 international sport federations including the World Confederation of Billiard Sports (WCBS – an umbrella organisation encompassing major cue sports including snooker, carom billiards and pool), which has greatly contributed to the enrichment of the programme of the next World Games.
The WCBS was granted IWGA membership on 1st January 1998 and at this year’s landmark tenth World Games, sees cue sports take their place on the world stage for the fifth time, having first featured at the 2001 Games in Akita, Japan.
Cue sports will be classified under the discipline of billiard sports at the 2017 Games in Wroclaw, with four competitions held in total. These include snooker, pool (male and female competitions) and 3-cushion carom billiards events.
Both current members of the world’s top 16 on the professional circuit, Carter and Wilson will be among the favourites among a snooker field comprising both professional and amateur players of both genders, who have won tournaments at all levels.
The Games commence with the opening ceremony on 20 July at the Stadium Wroclaw, a highest category football stadium built for the 2012 European Championship and now host to the Śląsk Wrocław team.
The billiard sports events get underway on Wednesday 26th July 2017 and will be played over a period of five days.
Further information, including confirmation of the full field will be announced shortly.
To learn more about the IWGA and the 2017 World Games visit: www.theworldgames.org