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The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the international governing body for pool (pocket billiards). It was formed in 1987, and was initially headed by a provisional board of directors consisting of representatives from Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Germany. as of February 2019, the WPA president is Ian Anderson of Australia, and the organization is headquartered in Sydney. It is an associate of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS), the international umbrella organization that encompasses the major cue sports. It also sanctions rules and events for carom billiards.

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HistoryEdit

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).[citation needed]

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.[1]

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.

Sanctioned tournamentsEdit

Member confederations and countriesEdit

 
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 October 2017:[2]

Organization
(and map key color)
Member Countries
All Africa Pool Association (AAPA)[2]

  Algeria
  Cameroon
  DR Congo
  Egypt
  Eritrea
  Ethiopia
  Ghana

  Kenya
  Lesotho
  Libya
  Malawi
  Mauritius
  Morocco
  Nigeria

  South Africa
  Swaziland
  Tanzania
  Tunisia
  Uganda
  Zambia
  Zimbabwe

Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU)[2]

  Bangladesh
  Brunei
  China, People's Republic of
  Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

  Doha-Qatar
  Hong Kong
  India

  Indonesia

  Iran

  Japan
  Kuwait
  Lebanon
  Macau
  Malaysia
  Maldives
  Pakistan

  Philippines

  Saudi Arabia

  Singapore

  South Korea
  Sri Lanka
  United Arab Emirates
  Vietnam

Billiard Congress of America (BCA)[note 1][2]

  Canada

  United States

Confederation Panamerica of Billiards (CPB)

  Argentina
  Aruba

  Bolivia
  Bonaire
  Brazil
  Chile

  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Curaçao
  Ecuador
  Guatemala

  Honduras

  Mexico

  Nicaragua
  Panama
  Peru
  Uruguay
  Venezuela

European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF)[2][3]

  Albania
  Austria
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic  Denmark
  Estonia
  Finland
  France

  Germany
  Great Britain (UK)
  Greece
  Hungary
  Italy
  Latvia
  Liechtenstein
  Lithuania
  Luxembourg
  Netherlands
  North Cyprus
  Norway

  Poland

  Portugal
  Romania
  Russia
  Serbia
  Slovakia
  Slovenia
  Spain
  Sweden
   Switzerland
  Turkey
  Ukraine

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

Oceania Pocket Billiard Association (OPBA)[2]

  Australia

  New Zealand

  Tahiti

Current WPA world championsEdit

Discipline Champion[4]
Eight-ball   Chang Jung-lin (2012)
Nine-ball

(2018)

  Men: Joshua Filler
  Women: Han Yu
  U19, Men: Yip Kin Long

 U17, Men: Parris Mahkeal
  Juniors, Girls: Chia-Hua Chen
  Wheelchair: Fred Dinsmore (2017)

Ten-ball   Men: Ko Pin-yi (2015)
  Women: Rubilen Amit (2013)
Artistic Pool   Sebastian Giumelli (2017)
Pyramid

(2018)

  Men: Dmitry Belozerov

  Women: Ekatyryna Perepechaeva

Straight pool   Oliver Ortmann (2010)

Board membersEdit

As of October 2017, the WPA board of directors are:[5]

  • Ian Anderson (Australia), president
  • Skip Nemecek (United States), vice-president
  • Gre Leenders (Netherlands), secretary
  • Ishaun Singh (South Africa), sports director
  • Victor Maduro (Panama), boardmember
  • Ralph Souquet (Germany), player representative
Former boardmembers (list is not exhaustive)
  • Andy Chang (Taiwan)[5]
  • Jerry Forsyth (United States)[5]
  • Marcin Krzeminski (Poland)[5]
  • Ronnie Chua Poh Teck (Singapore)[5]

[6]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ WPA history
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Continental Members - WPA Pool". WPA-Pool.com: The Official Website for the Governing Body of Pool. World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA). Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Members of EPBF". EPBF.com. European Pocket Billiard Federation. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  4. ^ "World Pool-Billiard Association". World Champions. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e "WPA Board". WPA-Pool.com. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  6. ^ "About WPA: Board". WPA-Pool.com. 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2011.

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