Snooker is a world-renowned sport with a largely established presence in Ireland and the UK.
The 2019 World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) championship was held at Barratts Snooker Club. The event held for three consecutive days saw more than 70 players with disabilities across the world gather to put their snooker playing skills into action.
This year's event marked the fifth year of the annual World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) championship, and eight separate tournaments were staged across a range of disability classification profiles, as well as a Challenge Cup for players who did not progress to the final day. There was a special session led by WPBSA World Snooker coach Steve Rutter to introduce newcomers with disabilities to the sport.
The eight separate tournaments are grouped into four categories, the separate tournaments are:
- Wheelchair (Groups 1-2): This category was won by Tony Southern following a 3-0 victory against Shahab Siddiqui in the final.
- Ambulant (Groups 3-5): Group 3 was won by Nigel Coton, group 4 was won by Daniel Blunn, group 5 was won by David Langridge.
- Learning disabilities (Groups 6A-6B): Mohammed Faisal Butt made it four victories in a row in Group 6A. There was also a fourth WDBS title in Group 6B for Leroy Williams.
- Sensory disabilities (Groups 7-8): In Group 7 it was Neale who defeated Ronnie Allen 4-1 in a repeat of last month’s Welsh Open final to claim his eighth WDBS title for players with visual impairments while Shabir Ahmed claimed his claim his eighth Group 8 crown.
In the Challenge Cup, there was a maiden WDBS victory for Steve Cartwright, who edged out Blake Munton in a single-frame final.
Here is the current world ranking after the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS):
1. Judd Trump 2. Ronnie O’Sullivan 3. Mark Williams 4. Neil Robertson 5. John Higgins 6. Mark Selby 7. Mark Allen 8. Kyren Wilson 9. Ding Junhui 10. Barry Hawkins 11. Jack Lisowski 12. David Gilbert 13. Stuart Bingham 14. Shaun Murphy 15. Stephen Maguire 16. Ali Carter
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