Nigeria-China relationship has received a boost through a sports agreement between the Snooker and Pool Players Alliance of Nigeria (SPPA) and Qinhuangdao Joy Billiards Sports Promotion in China.
The agreement midwifed by FIJI Ventures will see the SPPA organize Chinese 8- Ball Pool tournaments in Nigeria from 2021.
The Chinese 8-Ball pool is a version of cue sports popular in China and gaining acceptance globally through the Joy Billiards sponsored 8-Ball pool World Championship which is an annual event organized by the International Chinese Eight –Ball Association (ICEA) with over 50 countries participating.
Winners of these tournaments will have the opportunity to take part in other international tournaments including the Joy Masters which is a premium event of the ICEA.
An elated President of the SPPA, Idada Joachim said
“Our vision of a player alliance is to create a robust structure that will engender development and create a link to exciting international circuit that our local pool and snooker players can benefit from”
“The affiliation of the SPPA to the ICEA and the Joy Billiards circuit is an affirmation that we have achieved a milestone in the development of pool in Nigeria and we are very hopeful that our local players can prove their mettle at the Chinese Eight Ball Pool Circuit”.
Aside from exposure the General Manager of Qinhuangdao Joy Billiards Tony Zhang said what will be replicated in Nigeria through the tournaments is a model that will be rewarding for the players.
Nigeria is joining other ICEA African affiliates like Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa where 8-ball Pool is already gaining traction.