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The Geelong Advertiser, 2nd July, 2019
City Scoops The Pool To Host Title
Reporter : Harrison Tippet
GEELONG will add yet another international event to its already booming sporting schedule in 2020.
The Blackball World Pool Championships will make its way to the bayside city in November next year, bringing hundreds of the world’s best pool players to our shores.
It will be the first eight-ball world championships to be held on Australian soil. The pool championships are the latest addition to Geelong’s flourishing list of top-level international sporting events hosted in the next 18 months, including events in golf, table tennis, sailing, cricket and cycling.
Mayor Bruce Harwood welcomed the announcement that the Blackball World Pool Championships would make its way to Geelong.
“Geelong is rapt to have secured this tournament, adding another world class event to our calendar and further growing our reputation as a host destination.” Cr Harwood said yesterday.
“It builds on the great tapestry of eclectic and entertaining sporting events we’re able to deliver.”
“Pool is a sport that almost everyone plays occasionally, but very few people master. It will be exciting to witness the skill and concentration of the world’s best players up close.”
Blackball International President Mark Cottingham also voiced his excitement about bringing the tournament to Geelong.
“This will be the first ever 8 ball World Championships to be held in Australia and our worldwide pool community are already excited to be attending this pioneering event,” Mr. Cottingham said.
“As organisers we feel that it is not only important to ensure we produce an outstanding world-class tournament but also to showcase both Geelong and Australia to the many visitors we will welcome from around the world.”
The championships will include events across eight different sections, including men’s, ladies’, seniors’ masters’, under 23, under 15, under 18 and wheelchair.
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