ABOUT WCBS

WCBS HISTORY

We are Billiards. From our inception in 1990 to our ongoing pursuit of inclusion in the Olympic Games, our growth, authority and presence in the sporting world is uncontested.

August 30, 1990

The intended creation of WCBS is discussed at the first convention, in Bristol (GBR)

January 25, 1992

WCBS was officially formed at the inaugural General Assembly in Yverdon-les-Bains (SUI)

1995

Provisional membership of Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) granted

February 5, 1998

WCBS receives Outright Recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

1998

Participation in World Youth Games in Moscow (RUS) and Bangkok Asian Games (THA)

Late 1998

Accepted as full member of GAISF

August 2001

Akita marks first appearance at The World Games

2005

Ongoing participation in every iteration of The World Games

July 2023

The first WCBS Championship takes place in Ankara, Türkiye

WCBS empowers our member federations (UMB, WPA and IBSF), which represent the major disciplines of Billiards (Carom, Pool and Snooker) to each regulate, promote and develop their respective disciplines, while respecting the aims and ideals of our sport.

From federations to players to fans and across all walks of life, WCBS aims to unite the global Billiards community. Together we strive to inspire, excite and share the passion of Billiards as a sport to a new generation of players, while solidifying our global stature with inclusion into international multi-sport events.

Founded in 1992, WCBS is a member of ARISF and GAISF and is the only authority in Billiards Sports that is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

BOARD
MEMBERS

Farouk El Barki

Farouk El Barki

President
Egypt
Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

Vice President
Australia
Mubarak<br>Al-Khayarin

Mubarak
Al-Khayarin

Vice President
Qatar
Diane Wild

Diane Wild

Secretary-General and Treasurer
Switzerland
Marcin Krzeminski

Marcin Krzeminski

Anti-Doping Director
Poland
Fernando Requena

Fernando Requena

Media Director
Spain
Michael<br>Al-Khoury

Michael
Al-Khoury

Sports Director
Syria
James Leacy

James Leacy

Board Member
Ireland
Shane Tyree

Shane Tyree

Board Member
USA
Jorgen Sandman

Jorgen Sandman

President Emeritus
Sweden

WCBS CONSTITUTION

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While retaining and respecting the complete autonomy and independence of each Member, the governing bodies for Carom, Pool and Snooker, in the administration and running of their disciplines, the aims and objectives of the WCBS are;

i) Sports Policy

To adopt a sports policy that is not in conflict with the IOC’s rules as set forth in the Olympic Charter, notably the adoption and implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code as well as the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions.

ii) Values

To promote and develop Billiards Sports based on human rights, democratic principles and social values of universal fraternity and solidarity, through international administrations and competitions, irrespective of nationality, race, religion, gender or politics.

iii) Recognition and Inclusion

To develop a close liaison with the IOC (including the ARISF and the ASOIF), the GAISF, and all other MSE organisations, in order to obtain optimal recognition for Billiards Sports and the WCBS. To seek inclusion of Billiards Sports in the Olympic Games, the World Games and all other MSE including two or more continents, as well as to assist regional bodies for inclusion of Billiards Sports into regional MSE.

iv) Promotion

To promote Billiards Sports internationally, especially to the youth of the world.

v) Rules and Format

To standardize competitive rules, guidelines and format of play for Billiards Sports worldwide.

vi) Regional and National Bodies.

To advise and assist in the formation of Regional and National federations of Billiards Sports, and to promote the recognition of Billiards Sports by NOC’s whenever needed.

vii) Activities and Rules

To print and publicize the activities, events and rules of the WCBS and of other sports organizations connected to Billiards Sports.

viii) Public Relations

To promote and advertise all Billiards Sports via public sports authorities, NOC’s, press media, television networks, Internet, etc., and maintain a regular information network between the Members.

ix) Referees

To liaise with the Referees Association under each Member and maintain a register of qualified International Referees for deployment in WCBS and/or MSE events.

x) Education

To promote proper education of Instructors and Coaches through recognized academies in order to enhance the skill levels of play.

xi) WCBS Events

To develop WCBS events including disciplines from all Members, for men, women and youth in both individual and team formats.

xii) Anti-Doping and prevention of the manipulation of competitions

The WCBS recognizes the WADA Anti-Doping Code and is determined to do its outmost in order to keep Billiards Sports free from any and all performance-enhancing drugs. The WCBS Anti- Doping Rules are in accordance with the WADA Anti-Doping Code. The WCBS is determined to do its outmost in order to protect all competitions from the risk of manipulation and recognize the Code on the prevention of the manipulation of competitions.

xiii) Other Objectives

To do all other things necessary, that are incidental and conducive to the attainment and enhancement of the aims and objectives of the WCBS.

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In partnership with

i) WCBS AND ANTI-DOPING

The World Confederation of Billiards Sports fully supports and adopts the World Anti-Doping Code. All governing bodies for the various affiliated disciplines undertake pre-competition inspections of all venues to ensure safety standards are met and are in line with local legislative requirements. Onsite medical staff is in place at all times during events. Guidance on prohibited substances is circulated to players.

The WCBS and its affiliated governing bodies have Anti-Doping Rules and regulations that are in force throughout all competitions.

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WCBS Anti-Doping Structure

ii) DOCUMENTS AND REGULATIONS

The WCBS Anti-Doping Rules are based on the World Anti-Doping Code and came into force on 1st January 2021.

WCBS Anti-Doping Rules


Here are some important WADA Documents:

World Anti-Doping Code (Code)
International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI)
International Standard for Laboratories (ISL)
International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE)
International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information (ISPPPI)
International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS)
International Standard for Education (ISE)
International Standard for Result Management (ISRM)
The List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List)
Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act (Act)

iii) PROHIBITED LIST

The Prohibited List identifies substances and methods prohibited in-competition, at all times (i.e. in- and out-of-competition), and in particular sports. Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g. steroids, stimulants, masking agents). The List is updated at least annually following an extensive consultation process facilitated by WADA.

Learn more about the Prohibited List
Refer to the 2024 International Standard Prohibited List

iv) RISK OF SUPPLEMENT USE

Extreme caution is recommended regarding supplement use. A number of positive tests have been attributed to the misuse of supplements, poor labeling, or contamination of dietary supplements.

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v) THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTIONS (TUE)

WCBS recognizes the decisions of the national TUE committees. Competitors having TUE decisions must inform about those facts to the organizers of international Billiards tournaments – at least 30 days before the world and continental championships and 20 days before the other events. In case of any doubts, the tournament organizer may request confirmation of the player’s status by contacting the WCBS Anti-Doping Committee at the information below.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions At-A-Glance
Therapeutic Use Exemptions Application Form

vi) TESTING

The aim of testing is to protect clean athletes through the detection and deterrence of doping.

Learn more about Testing
2021 Anti-Doping Testing Figures

vii) WHEREABOUTS

Providing whereabouts is about protecting your right to clean sport. Whereabouts information gives the Anti-Doping Organization (ADO) the ability to locate athletes with no notice, which is vital to testing athletes who choose to cheat themselves by doping.

Learn more about Whereabouts
Learn more about ADAMS
2022 WCBS International Level Athletes

viii) REPORT DOPING

Every time someone steps forward with information on doping, we move closer to a clean and fair playing field for all. As an athlete, athlete support personnel or any person aware of doping practices has a duty to report their suspicions to WADA, their IF or NADO, even if you are not sure about what you witnessed.

Many ADOs, including WADA, have online, confidential tools to report suspicious behavior. Every piece of information is important.

Speak Up

ix) EDUCATION TOOLS

Effective and clean sport values-based education programs are important to create a strong doping-free culture. WADA has developed resources for athletes, coaches, doctors and any other person who wishes to know more about anti-doping.

ADEL (Anti-Doping Education and Learning Platform) is a WADA Platform that supports the anti-doping community by providing educational solutions for athletes, their support personnel, and other stakeholders.

Learn more about ADEL
Take the Play True Quiz

x) SANCTIONS AND REPORTS

WCBS is unequivocally opposed on ethical and medical grounds to the practice of doping in sport and takes necessary steps against the use of banned substances and methods.

WCBS Anti-Doping Disciplinary Decisions
2023 WCBS Anti-Doping Report

xi) IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS

International-Level Athlete (ILA): Athletes who compete in sport at the international level, as defined by each International Federation, consistent with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations. WCBS has published a list of its International-Level Athletes.

National-Level Athlete (NLA): Athletes who compete in sport at the national level, as defined by each National Anti-Doping Organization, consistent with the International Standard for Testing and Investigations.

Event Period: The Code states that the definition of event period is “The time between the beginning and end of an event, as established by the ruling body of the event.”

In-competition Period: The Code defines the in-competition period as “The period commencing at 11:59 p.m. on the day before a competition in which the athlete is scheduled to participate through the end of such competition and the sample collection process related to such competition.”

Out-of-competition Period: The Code defines the out-of-competition period simply as “Any period which is not in-competition”.

xii) LINKS TO WADA AND OTHER MICROSITES

WADA
ADAMS
ADEL
Speak Up
Prohibited Association

xiii) WCBS ANTI-DOPING COMMITTEE

Marcin Krzeminski (Poland) – Chairman
Jim Leacy (Ireland) – Member
Herbert Thuer (Austria) – Member
Grieta Steenkamp (South Africa) – Member

xiv) WCBS CONTACT

Marcin Krzeminski – marcin.krzeminski@billiards.sport

ATHLETES COUNCIL

The WCBS Athletes Council has representatives from the three Billiards Disciplines that make up WCBS.

CHAIRPERSONS

UMB: Martin Horn (Germany) – maexho@gmx.de

WPA: Oscar Dominguez (USA) – ozzymen03@gmail.com

IBSF: Dr. Muhammed Leysi (Turkey) – mleysi@bilardo.gov.tr