Snooker at the Paralympic Games

Snooker featured in the Paralympic Games right from the beginning, at the 1960 Paralympics in Rome. It was included in the program for the next 28 years, excluding the 1980 games. In 1988 the sport took place in Seoul for the last time. To this day, it is unknown why exactly the sport was dropped. Many people suggest that snooker is not an athletic sport and that is why it has been removed.



The events included throughout these years were for male participants only, and the rules were similar to that of the able-bodied snooker. The event format was simple, there were four groups were participants competed against each other. The player with the best score proceeded to the knockout-stages, where the winner was determined. Two bronze medals were awarded, one to each of the semi-final losers, with the winners battling it out for gold in the final.

Although snooker was discontinued from the Paralympic Games, snooker fanatics around the world are hopeful that it will be included in the near future. In 2015, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association was created to raise awareness about the sport. They have been promoting the opportunity for disabled athletes through grass roots level and competition. Snooker being introduced to the Paralympic program is a real possibility and could only be positive news for all disabled athletes.



Related Pages

send us a comment Any comments, suggestions, or corrections? Please let us know.

Paralympics Extra

The next Summer Paralympics will be in Paris 2024, followed by the 2026 Winter Paralympics. Also, check out the list of Paralympic sports, and top medal winners.

Major Events Extra

The largest sporting event in the world is the Olympic Games, but there are many other multi-sport games. In terms of single sport events, nothing beats the FIFA World Cup. To see what's coming up, check out the calendar of major sporting events.

 → How to Cite