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Snooker bids for Olympic inclusion
23 Jan 2015 15:03
Snooker is making a surprising push for inclusion in the programme for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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New legislation implemented in December by the International Olympic Committee now allows a host city to bring in a new sport on a one-off basis.
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The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and World Confederation of Billiard Sports (WCBS) have joined forces and submitted a bid to make the Games in five years' time.
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WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: "Snooker has grown at unprecedented levels in recent times and it has been our belief for some time that we should be given our chance on the ultimate global platform for sport.
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"In 2001 we delivered, with great success, our sport to the International World Games in Akita, Japan, a programme which has continued to this day.
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"Today we strongly believe that cue sports has a very powerful case for inclusion in the Olympics in Tokyo.
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"Snooker alone is watched by nearly half a billion people worldwide and played competitively in over 90 countries.
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"With pool and carom alongside us under the WCBS, we have competition in around 200 countries, making us one of the world's most widely-practised sports.
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"The Olympics brings together the most skilled and dedicated athletes on the planet.
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"There are few sports which can match the skill and concentration of snooker; our players are pushed to their limits in mind and dedication.
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"We are educating people through Cue Zone Into Schools and you do not have to look far to see the fundamental principles of the Olympic Movement being promoted at the highest level within our sport.
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"Olympic participation is part of our global vision and we are committed to seeing our players competing for gold medals on the Olympic stage. Let's begin in Tokyo in 2020."
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The odds, however, are against cue sports being given an Olympic platform, with the nod from Tokyo for the additional sport likely to go baseball and softball.
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