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.
The intended creation of WCBS is discussed at the first convention, in Bristol (GBR)
WCBS was officially formed at the inaugural General Assembly in Yverdon-les-Bains (SUI)
Provisional membership of Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) granted
WCBS receives Outright Recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Participation in World Youth Games in Moscow (RUS) and Bangkok Asian Games (THA)
Accepted as full member of GAISF
Participation in the Akita World Games
Ongoing participation in The World Games
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.
The Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) is the sole world governing body for Carom/Carombole Billiards under the auspices of the WCBS.
The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the sole world governing body for all Pool-Billiards disciplines under the auspices of the WCBS.
The International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) is the sole world governing body for Snooker and English Billiards under the auspices of the WCBS.
Farouk El BarkiPresident
Ian AndersonVice President
Diane WildSecretary-General and Treasurer
Marcin KrzeminskiAnti-Doping Director
Fernando RequenaMedia Director
James LeacyBoard Member
Shane TyreeBoard Member
Jorgen SandmanPresident Emeritus
WCBS CONSTITUTIONDownload PDF
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Download the full WCBS Constitution.
World Anti-Doping Agency Code
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 carried out 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 through all competitions.
WCBS Anti-Doping Structure
WCBS Anti-Doping Disciplinary Decisions
2022 WCBS International Level Athletes
2017-22 WCBS Anti-Doping Report
The 2023 International Standard Prohibited List
The 2022 International Standard Prohibited List
2020 Anti-Doping Testing Figures
Learn more about WADA at wada-ama.org
Therapeutic Use Exemption (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 Exemption Application Form
WCBS Anti-Doping Committee
Marcin Krzeminski (Poland) – Chairman
Jim Leacy (Ireland) – Member
Herbert Thuer (Austria) – Member
Grieta Steenkamp (South Africa) – Member
+48 602 196 206
The WCBS Athletes Council has representatives from the three Billiards Disciplines that make up WCBS.
UMB: Martin Horn (Germany) – firstname.lastname@example.org
WPA: Oscar Dominguez (USA) – email@example.com
IBSF: Dr. Muhammed Leysi (Turkey) – firstname.lastname@example.org