The WPBSA has aspirations to take its rightful place as one of the world’s great sports on the Olympic programme. There can be no question of its importance as a global sport. There are around 110 countries with national governing bodies and competitive snooker is watched on television in at least 90 countries, exceeding many sports which are already on the programme.
Many sports receive significant funding from governments around the world for development work and to gain Olympic medals. The WPBSA’s push is for snooker to be treated on an equal footing with other sports around the world.
The WPBSA is part of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS), an umbrella organisation to bring together all billiard sports around the world. It is likely that a successful bid would include not only snooker but pool and three cushion billiards.
On 12 June 2015 The WCBS was informed that it had been included within a group of 26 sports seeking to be added to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
On 22 June 2015, the I.O.C reduced that number down from 26 to 8 and unfortunately cue sports was not one of the 8 sports selected.
WCBS President Jason Ferguson said: “We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the contributing parties to the bid including The World Pool-Billiard Association, The Union Mondiale de Billiard, the IBSF and the WPBSA – through their partnership the World Snooker Federation. We would also like to say a huge thank you to the Nippon Billiards Association of Japan for supporting our bid and making our voice heard. Finally we would also like to thank the International Olympic Committee for giving us a fair and transparent platform on which to make our bid.
“We have learned a lot through this process,” added Ferguson. “sport is about excelling and always striving to achieve more. We will be much stronger when we return to this table with a robust application for 2024. We are 100% committed to playing our part in promoting the core values of the Olympic movement.”