Snooker's line-up for the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama

May 19, 2022
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Julien Leclercq
Julien Leclercq will be one of the favourites in Birmingham (Picture: WPBSA)

The 16 players competing in the snooker tournament at the 2022 World Games have been confirmed and a wide array of nationalities will be taking their cues to Birmingham, Alabama in July.

Various global federations have nominated players to compete and there are far fewer big names in action than the last edition, in 2017, when Kyren Wilson beat Ali Carter in the final.

The European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) have nominated the likes of Julien Leclercq and Antoni Kowalski, with Leclercq having just won his place on the WST tour next season through the Q Tour play-offs.

The Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports have picked the recognisable figure of Pankaj Advani, who has been to two ranking quarter-finals on the pro tour.

USA Snooker Champion Ahmed Aly, IBSF champion Ahsan Ramzan and runner-up Amir Sarkhosh are all involved as well in an impressively diverse line-up.

The snooker line-up for the 2022 World Games

Ahsan Ramzan – Pakistan
Amir Sarkhosh – Iran
Florian Nussle – Austria
Taweesup Kongkitcherdchu – Thailand
Habib Subah – Bahrain
Mohamed Thaha Irshath – Sri Lanka
Bouka Shaheen – Egypt
Aung Phyo – Myanmar
Pankaj Advani – India
Ali Al Obaidli – Qatar
Antoni Kowalski – Poland
Julien Leclercq – Belgium
Andres Petrov – Estonia
Victor Sarkis – Brazil
Renat Denkha – USA
Ahmed Aly Elsayed – USA

Snooker first joined the World Games in 2001 when the event was won by Belgium’s Bjorn Haneveer.

The gold medal has since been claimed by Gerard Greene, Nigel Bond, India’s Aditya Mehta and Wilson.

This year’s World Games runs from 7-17 July in Birmingham, with three-cushion billiards, and nine-ball events for men and women also involved.

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