March 15, 2018 l WCBS
From the outset, we would like to underline that the World Confederation of Billiards sports (WCBS) promotes and develops Billiards sports based on democratic principles and social values of universal fraternity and solidarity. The WCBS retains and respects the complete autonomy and independence of each member. However, we noticed that for several months there are tensions between the different organisations representing the snooker. We regret that situation.
Since 2013, the WCBS members are Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB), World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) and World Snooker Federation (WSF). At that time, theWSF was introduced in the WCBS Constitution in order to represent snooker and replace the International Billiard & Snooker Federation (IBSF). This was agreed to at the 2013 General Assembly in the UK. It was promised at the time by the IBSF and WPBSA that an Agreement to create a new organisation was imminent. On this basis, the WCBS accepted the word of those two snooker groups and made the name change in the Constitution from IBSF to WSF.
In Summer 2017, the board of the WCBS was informed that the Agreement between IBSF and WPBSA never materialized. Due to the short timeframe, the name remains in our Constitution as the snooker member being the WSF. The only WSF that the WCBS was to recognise was the one that was being formulated in 2013 between the IBSF and WPBSA, not any other.
In October 2017, it was announced that the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA) is today pleased to announce its involvement in a new era of sports governance for snooker and billiards with the official launch of the World Snooker Federation (WSF)http://www.worldsnooker.com/federation-announcment/.
The WCBS was extremely surprised by this communication. At that point, regarding to the decision taken in 2013 and the current dispute between IBSF and WPBSA, the WCBS has no other choice to find that the WSF as it was intended in 2013 doesn’t exist, which means the only snooker groups that the WCBS is able to acknowledge are the IBSF and WPBSA
In order to clarify the situation and to amend the WCBS Constitution, the board will call an extraordinary general assembly.
WCBS Secretary General