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BCA to Host Two World Champs
Jul 21, 2008, 5:21 PM

The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) and the United States Pool Players Association (USPPA) today announced plans for the USPPA to host the 2008 World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) Junior World 9-Ball Championships and 2008 WPA World 9-Ball Championship for Wheelchair Players in Reno, Nev., November 30-December 3, 2008.

These events will take place at the Sands Regency Hotel in conjunction with the USPPA Pro Am and Reno Open, scheduled for December 4-13, 2008.

“As we consider youth to be the foundation of the sport, the ability to host the World Juniors Championship is a true honor for the USPPA," said Tony Annigoni, managing partner of the USPPA. "In addition, hosting the World 9-Ball Championship for Wheelchair Players is an excellent opportunity to showcase the wonderful skills and talent of these players.”

“The BCA would like to thank the USPPA and the WPA for their partnership on these two significant events,” said Ivan Lee, chair of the WPA committee for the BCA. “We take our role as the North American representative to the WPA very seriously and will work hard with our partners at the WPA and USPPA to host a great event that creates an outstanding experience for all competitors.”

The Junior World 9-Ball Championships will be comprised of the world’s best junior players from six continents. Last year’s competition was held in Willingen, Germany. Prior to that, it was held in Sydney, Australia.

“The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to sponsor the 2008 USA Junior Team to the World Championships,” said BEF President Tom Riccobene. “This year’s team is as fine a representation as we have ever had. We thank the BCA for its direct support and for hosting this important event.”

The USPPA is hosting the 2008 World 9-Ball Championship for Wheelchair Players in collaboration with the National Wheelchair Poolplayers Association (NWPA), which is the governing body for wheelchair pool in the United States. The NWPA will select the U.S. players who will be invited to compete in this year’s world championship, and will work with the other pool federations around the world to develop the invitations for international wheelchair players.

The NWPA will also offer players who did not receive a player slot through the selection process a chance to earn a qualifier spot in its 2008 National Wheelchair 9-Ball Championship, which will be held at Diamond Billiards in Brea, Calif., in mid-October.

“The NWPA is excited that the USPPA has taken the initiative to add these two
prestigious championships to its schedule of events at the Reno Open,” said Jeff
Dolezal, president of the NWPA. “We are looking forward to working with the USPPA
to make these events a success."