Unfortunately, billiards did not make it into the preliminary selection for its inclusion into the Olympics. However, using this experience, the NBA pledges to give full support to national federations and the WCBS when renewing Olympic activities for 2024 and beyond.
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12, June, there was a release of an entry federation.Click here
At approximately midnight (Japan time) of June 6, the WCBS concluded the entry of its bid for inclusion as an Olympic sport. The sports that have made it through the first round of screening will be announced in two weeks.We ask that everyone continue to support billiards in its bid for Olympic qualification.
May 8, 2015: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) made available an application for the selection of additional events by proposal of the host city to the 33 member organizations of the Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF).
The application contains 21 questions in 5 categories: proposal, added value, organization, popularity,and situation in Japan. "Proposal" includes number of events, names of events, number of days, number of players, and venue plans; "Popularity" includes the current international situation of television broadcast and viewership, as well as sales performance of broadcasting rights; "Situation in Japan" includes the player population in Japan and information on national competitions, as well as the performance of Japanese players in the two most recent world championships. Organizations wishing to propose an event during the 2020 Toyko Olympic Games must respond to these questions. TOCOG also will consider appeal to youths and domestic popularity - which will increase Japanese enthusiasm towards the Olympics - as essential qualities for selection. The secretary-general explained in a press conference on May 11 that TOCOG "balanced the perspectives of the IOC and TOCOG."
TOCOG set the deadline for applications on June 8, and will announce the results of the first step of selection on June 22. After holding an audience in Tokyo early August, TOCOG will hold experts meetings to further refine the selection of events, which they will propose to the IOC by September 30. The final decision on whether the new events will be held at the 2020 Games will be made at the IOC general meeting to be held August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
It has been determined that WCBS President Mr. Dupont will come to Japan to pay a courtesy call to Organization Committee The visit is scheduled for March 11th.
NBA announce the following credible information. The information stated that billiards meets the conditions necessary to be considered as an Olympic sport. In other words, the IF (WCBS) satisfies the requirements to be one of the IOC's recognized organizations, and is qualified for possible inclussion in Agenda 2020.
The general secretary of the WCBS, Mr. Maxime, is in possession of the IF report, which is one of the materials necessary for the selection process, and NBA submitted a Japanese translation.
As for what happens next, there is a meeting (project review) in early February to determine the selection method, criteria, and schedule. Following this, the deliberating committee within the organization committee (TOCOG) will carry out the selection, and finally, the results will be determined after consultation with the IOC.
This page will be updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.