WPBSA Championing for Snooker in 2020 OlympicsThe 2020 Olympics will take place in Tokyo and will feature a variety of sports that players take part in every time the Olympics take place. For the upcoming Olympics, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has decided to try and have the game of snooker accepted as an Olympic sport. If accepted, the game would become another event in the world Olympics.
Chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, Jason Ferguson, stated that it is belief of the snooker governing body that the game of snooker should be given the chance to take place on an ultimate global platform.
Tokyo has the option of accepting at least one additional sport for the program in 2020. The rules for allowing new sports were recently changed by the International Olympic Committee to enter the Olympics to freshen up the schedule. The list of sports for the Games has been decided but a late inclusion can take place if decided upon by organizers.
According to Ferguson, snooker is watched by almost half a billion people across the globe. The game is played competitively in more than 90 countries and should be seen on a global scale. Along with snooker, other sports are being considered for the Games. Softball and baseball are popular sports in Japan and could be considered as well to the schedule.
The Olympics added rugby sevens and golf as sports to the schedule for the Rio de Janeiro, which will take place with the 2016 Games. It will be interesting to see which sport is chosen for the 2020 games and if snooker will get the chance to be seen by billions around the world. Only time will tell if snooker will be given the opportunity to take place beside the major sports included in the Olympic games.
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