World Pool-Billiard Association

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The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the international governing body for pocket billiards. It was formed in 1987, and was initially headed by a provisional board of directors that consists of representatives from Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Germany. As of November 2011, the WPA president is Ian Anderson of Australia, and the organization is headquartered in Sydney. It is an associate of the World Confederation of Billiard Sports (WCBS), the international umbrella organization that encompasses the major cue sports. It also sanctions rules and events for carom billiards.

History[edit]

Conception[edit]

Many European players, who had the European Championships as their highest level of competition, have been aware of pool events in the United States; they were dissatisfied with the development of the sport in the continent, and wanted to compete at a higher level. In 1976, the Europeans held a world championship in Japan, which spawned some interest and initial contacts with Asia. However, most of the efforts were initiated by individuals or national organizations, and progressed slowly.

In November 1987, at a European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) board meeting in Germany, the idea of a worldwide competition resurfaced. The EPBF board members used their own money to fund a group to create a logo, letterheads and communications with various pool organizations. Kazuo Fujima of Japan replied that Asia was interested in participating. The group's general assembly was held in conjunction with the 1988 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. The group also formed a provisional board that consisted of Kazuo Fujima (Japan), Paul Gerni (USA), Jorgen Sandman (Sweden), and Horst Vondenhoff (Germany).

WPA World Nine-ball Championship[edit]

In the summer of 1989, the board began plans for a world championship tournament. The group sent invitations, rules, sports regulations and by-laws. Reception was positive, except from the United States contingent, whose concerns included an unawareness of the developments in Europe and Asia, the skill levels of their players, and the necessary funds for membership.[citation needed] The United States eventually joined in December.

In March 1990, the inaugural WPA World Nine-ball Championship was held in Bergheim, Germany. The playing field included 32 men and 16 women in separate divisions, and has since become an annual event.

Formation[edit]

On March 3, 1990, the World Pool-Billiard Association was sanctioned by the general assembly as the international governing body for pool. The acronym WPA was selected so it would not conflict with the existing Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA).

Membership in the WPA has grown since its inception. In 1991, Australia and New Zealand, under the umbrella of the Australasian Pool Association, became members. In 1999, the organizations associated with Latin America and the Caribbean became members, and in 2000, a substantial portion of the organizations from Africa joined.

Member confederations and countries[edit]

Map of member countries as of November 2011 (July 2008 data also available)

The WPA members are grouped by six continental/regional confederations, who in turn, consist of members from a country's national federation. The chart and table shows the WPA's members as of November 2011:[1]

Organization
(and map key color)
Member Countries
All Africa Pool Association (AAPA)[1]

 Egypt
 Lesotho
 Libya
 Malawi
 Mauritius

 Morocco
 Namibia
 Nigeria
 Reunion
 South Africa

 Swaziland
 Tanzania
 Uganda
 Zambia

Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU)[1]

 Bangladesh
 Brunei
 People's Republic of China
 Chinese Taipei
 Hong Kong
 India
 Indonesia
 Iran

 Japan
 South Korea
 Kuwait
 Macau
 Malaysia
 Maldives
 Philippines
 Qatar

 Saudi Arabia
 Singapore
 Sri Lanka
 Thailand
 United Arab Emirates
 Vietnam

Billiard Congress of America (BCA)[note 1][1]

 Canada

 United States

Confederation Panamerica of Billiards (CPB)

 Argentina
 Aruba
 Bolivia
 Brazil
 Chile
 Colombia

 Costa Rica
 Ecuador
 Honduras
 Mexico
 Netherlands Antilles[note 2][1]
 Nicaragua

 Panama
 Peru
 Puerto Rico
 Uruguay
 Venezuela

European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF)[1][2]

 Albania
 Austria
 Belarus
 Belgium
 Bosnia and Herzegovina[note 3]
 Bulgaria
 Croatia
 Cyprus[note 3]
 Czech Republic
 Denmark
 Estonia
 Finland
 France

 Germany
 Great Britain (UK)[note 3]
 Greece[note 4]
 Hungary
 Ireland[note 5]
 Israel
 Italy
 Liechtenstein
 Luxembourg
 Macedonia
 Montenegro[note 4]
 Netherlands
 North Cyprus

 Norway
 Poland
 Portugal[note 3]
 Russia
 Serbia
 Slovakia
 Slovenia
 Spain[note 3]
 Sweden
  Switzerland
 Turkey
 Ukraine

The EPBF pre-dates, and was a founding member of, the WPA.

Oceania Pocket Billiard Association (OPBA)[1]

 Australia

Current WPA World Champions[edit]

Discipline Champion[3]
Eight-ball Chinese Taipei Chang Jun Lin
Nine-ball Germany Men: Thorsten Hohmann
United Kingdom Women: Kelly Fisher
Chinese Taipei Juniors, Boys: Liu Cheng-Chieh
Belgium Juniors, Girls': Kamila Khodjaeva
Sweden Wheelchair: Henrik Larsson
Ten-ball Netherlands Men: Huidji See
United Kingdom Women: Kelly Fisher
Artistic Pool United States Andy Segal
Straight pool Germany Oliver Ortmann

Board Members[edit]

As of November 2011, the WPA board of directors are:[4]

  • Ian Anderson (Australia)
  • Andy Chang (Taiwan)
  • Jerry Forsyth (USA)
  • Marcin Krzeminski (Poland)
  • Ronnie Chua Poh Teck (Singapore)

Anderson is the President of the board, Chang is the Executive member, and Forsyth is the Publicity Officer.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The BCA is a single organization, without separate national US and Canadian federations. It pre-dates, and was a founding member of, the WPA.
  2. ^ What is meant by "Netherlands Antilles" here is uncertain, since that entity dissolved (partly absorbed into Netherlands as special municipalities, partly re-established as the independent island nations of Curaçao and Sint Maarten) in October 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e Provisional full members as of February 2011.
  4. ^ a b Membership unknown due to conflicting reliable sources as of November 2011
  5. ^ Not a full member as of February 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "About WPA: Our Members". WPA-Pool.com: The Official Website for the Governing Body of Pool. Sydney, Australia: World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA). 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Members of EPBF". EPBF.com. European Pocket Billiard Federation. 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  3. ^ "World Pool-Billiard Association". World Champions. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "About WPA: Board". WPA-Pool.com. (Op. cit.). 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 

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