WEPF Press Release
On 15th February 2017 in Blackpool, England, the WEPF full executive held a meeting with Eight-ball Pool body representatives from five African Nations:
Algeria, Mauritius, Morocco, Reunion Islands and South Africa.
I am very pleased to report that the meeting was very positive, with all parties mutually agreeing commitment to the promotion and development of our sport in Africa.
The African delegates went away from the meeting and before leaving Blackpool, they again met and all agreed to constitute an All African Eightball Association to organise and develop Pool in Africa.
The names and positions representing the newly constituted body are as follows:
President - Koos Steyn (South Africa)
Vice President - David Payet (Reunion Islands)
Secretary - Achraf Faraj (Morocco)
Treasurer and Promotions - Anya Roux (South Africa)
Rules and Referees - Trevor Wilcox (South Africa)
Algeria Representative - Mourad Chair
Mauritius Representative - Shabbir Jepaul
The All African President has since reported that Tunisia and Senegal have also joined the new body.
The WEPF congratulates the new committee on taking this initiative, we offer our support and wish you lots of success in your mission to promote and develop Eight-Ball Pool in Africa.
STATEMENT REGARDING ALLEGATIONS MADE BY THE POOL FEDERATION OF WALES
It has come to the WEPF's attention that certain representatives of the Pool Federation of Wales have recently made a series of allegations in various public forums regarding the conduct of the WEPF executive.
It is normally the policy of the WEPF not to comment publicly on disputes with member associations, but given the gravity of the allegations and the potential negative impact on the WEPF and its members, the executive has resolved
The underlying dispute between the Pool Federation of Wales and the WEPF stems from a disagreement which arose
The WEPF has written separately to the Pool Federation of Wales and very much hopes that it will be possible to
For the avoidance of doubt:
1. The 2013 World Championships were sponsored by the Puma Hotels Group, a longstanding and valued supporter of the organisation. The details of that sponsorship agreement are correctly reflected in the accounts of the English Pool Association (EPA), who were responsible for staging the event.
2. The suggestion that the WEPF turned down a substantial alternative sponsorship offer is completely untrue. The WEPF is grateful for the support that has been provided over the years by a number of major sponsors and is always more than happy to discuss new sponsorship opportunities.
3. There is not, and has never been, any investigation by HMRC into the EPA's tax affairs. As part of the dispute with
4. There is not, and has never been, any police investigation into the conduct of any members of the WEPF executive.
SKY SPORTS COVERAGE OF WORLD EIGHTBALL POOL TO INCREASE IN 2013.
The new format for the World Championships which has been transmitted on SKY SPORTS for the past seven weeks has received much acclaim from viewers.
Whilst the Individual events won by John Roe and Sue Thompson showed increased viewing figures, it was the introduction of additional televised matches in the men's team championship which has helped to show a new dimension to the sport. In-depth interviews in the televised stages have shown some of the great personalities we have in the championships giving a much better presentation of the individuals and teams involved.
With the 2013 Worlds starting on 23rd June, every country wants a chance to show their players on SKY SPORTS and it is planned to further increase the team coverage for next year.
Of all the games shown, it was the semi-final between Ireland and Scotland which demonstrated the passion shown in the team events in a truly memorable match.
The bottom line is very simple, WEPF have found a new way of showing the game of Pool on television which is exciting to watch and can compete with other major sports.
In addition to the 2013 World Championships being transmitted on SKY SPORTS it is also planned to televise the play-off section of the UK Tour Premier league which will vastly increase the T.V. coverage of the sport and more is planned for 2014. Further details will be issued when finalised in what is an exciting time ahead for the members of the WEPF and World Rules followers.
Other great news from the WEPF is the introduction of new international members from Morocco and Japan both of whom are eager to enter into the world arena and spread the sport into new areas of the globe. New Zealand are returning to the federation whilst our members in South Africa are experiencing a return to their former glory having recently hosted the British Lions in a test series.
Looks like exciting times for World Eightball in the coming years.