Incredibly wide geography of participants was the first surprise of the World Cup in Kemerovo. 62 players came to join the tournament (against 98 in 2012). They came from 28 countries what was a unique situation in "Russian" billiard.
The new cycle of EBC Pyramid Tour started in Berlin. 36 players competed in Pyramide Club. Roman Dictel, who defeated Vaniamin Yakovlev, became the winner. Gaik Aratunian won the bronze medal.
We would like to inform, that on 23rd January 2013 Ladislav Sramek died. “Laco” was a president of Slovakian Billiard Federation for many years. He was also the founder of the European Billiard Council.
Matchroom Sport informed which TV stations bought the rights to show World Pool Masters tournament which took place in Kielce. The list is really impressive.
Bulgarian Billiard Federation has finished the sport season. There were no surprises in the final 2012 ranking. The favourites got a big advantage over other players. Congratulations to all sportsmen.
EBC is planning to organize several dozens of international tournaments in 2013. The venues of Dynamic Best and Baltic League are known. EBC Summer Training Centre, which will take place in Bulgaria, is a new initiative.
A.T.D. BILIARD GROUP Company from Bucharest became the next partner of European Billiard Council.
"We are glad that we gained 12 partners during the first year of our activity. I know that another companies and organizations will join us in 2013. It proves that our work has been appreciated" said the president of EBC Marcin Krzeminski.
Polish Billiard Association organized events in 20 billiard clubs which aim was to promote fighting with doping in sport. It is an initiative of World Confederation of Billiard Sports.
Tournaments called ‘Play True – Say No to Doping’ took place in Warsaw, Debica, Krasnik, Bialystok, Lublin, Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Bydgoszcz, Cracow, Tczew, Kielce, Lubostron, Zduny, Lodz, Elblag, Tarnow, Mragowo, Bielsko-Biala, Rokietnica and Walbrzych. Players competed in pool, snooker and pyramid. 376 athletes participated in those events. Education materials containing information about the harmfulness of performance-enhancing drugs and the rules of sportsmen anti-doping controls were given to the participants. General sponsor of the action, which was supported by The Polish Commission Against Doping in Sport from Warsaw, was Mak Marketing Company from Kielce. The tournament in Poland was the biggest of this kind billiard action in the world.