SRC dissolves snooker, billiards association

Midlands Correspondent
THE Zimbabwe Billiards and Snooker Association (ZBSA) has been dissolved by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) after the realisation that snooker and billiards is an old version of pool.
The dissolution has paved way for an interim committee of the Zimbabwe Pool Association (ZPA) led by Trust Chifadza, which has been tasked with drafting a roadmap that will culminate in elections to choose a substantive executive.
As part of the roadmap, members of the pool fraternity are set to meet in Gweru tomorrow to set up structures for the sport.
SRC director for sport development Joseph Muchechetere said the Gweru meeting will give feedback on the progress they would have made.
“The current membership of ZBSA decided to review their constitution and name it ZPA, which was accepted by the SRC and we’ve since registered them.
“As per procedure, soon after registration, the stakeholders have to align themselves in line with the constitution. At the moment there is no member and members can only be there if they regularise their operations,” said Muchechetere.
“Therefore, a meeting has been called at the Midlands State University in Gweru on Saturday (tomorrow) to report back to the stakeholders, who are from all provinces and the pool leagues so that they get feedback on what has transpired since their constitution was registered by SRC,” he said.
Muchechetere said the SRC would help facilitate the whole exercise and the move is likely to end the power struggles that have rocked the national association where a rival group has on several occasions questioned the legitimacy of interim chairperson Chifadza.
Chifadza has been accused by provincial pool associations, among them the Midlands Pool League and the Bulawayo Pool Association, of financial mismanagement, especially the Carling Black Label Black Ball Pool Tournament bankrolled by Delta Beverages.

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  • http://www.ibsf.info Mohammed Kammah

    Hi there
    I am the President of the African Billiards & Snooker Federation and I am looking to have Zimbabwe as our member again. Can anyone help in this? My email is [email protected]

    Thank you

    • Joseph Mwanza

      Dear President,

      I have forwarded your query to the relevant authorities at the pool governing body in the country of Zimbabwe and one fervently hopes there will be a positive outcome in due course.

      You will realise from this article that, even amongst the most senior administrators governing cue sport in the country, there still are apparent and regrettable misunderstandings of the otherwise clear distinctions amongst the games of pool, snooker and billiards. Misunderstandings which are, unfortunately, perpetuated by not-so-knowleadgeable reporters in articles such as this.

      Whereas pool, specifically blackball, is alive well and even growing in the country, snooker, billiards and all other forms of cue sport remain as good as dead at the moment. It will be a welcome development then if you could work together with the local administrators of cue sport to help bring these games back to life.

      Kind Regards,
      Joseph