The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) is today delighted to announce that snooker will be contested as part of the World Abilitysport Games for the first time in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand this December.
The groundbreaking event is organised by World Abilitysport, a new body established following the merger of the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation and Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association. The organisation aims to ensure that everyone with a physical impairment that wants to do sport either for leisure or to compete at the highest levels can do so.
With over 1,000 athletes with physical impairments set to compete across 11 sports ahead of next year’s Paralympic Games in Paris, it has been confirmed that snooker will be contested for the first time following positive discussions between the WPBSA and World Abilitysport.
The Games will be hosted by the Sports Association for the Disabled of Thailand and run from 3-9 December 2023. It is planned that the snooker events will run from 4-7 December, to include a classification day and medal ceremony.
As the event is focused on athletes with physical disabilities, entry will be limited to players from WDBS Classification Groups 1-5 only, with a selection process in place to ensure international representation and appropriate classification groupings.