The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council today announced that all snooker and billiards events will be cancelled until the 30th June 2020.
As the ABSC is our governing body, and as we also have a duty of care for all members, officials, guests and spectators, the Queensland Billiards and Snooker Association will be following the ABSC recommendation by doing to the same to all of our events, effective immediately.
This includes stopping play of both our current Billiards and Snooker Club Leagues until further notice.
Should the situation improve, the Club Leagues may be resumed to their completion later in the year and may result in our Club Zone Snooker League not being run in 2020. We will assess the situation later in the year regarding this and then will work out any fees related to the Club Leagues.
This immediately impacts the following upcoming QBSA events:
- 2020 QBSA Annual General Meeting
- 2020 QLD Junior Development Session One
- 2020 QLD Residents State Billiards Championships
- 2020 QLD Women’s Residents Snooker Championships
If you have already paid entry into these events, please email email@example.com with your bank details and we will issue a refund.
As we do not know how this situation will develop, we will not be guaranteeing that these events, or any future impacted events, will be rescheduled in 2020.
Our upcoming 2020 Annual General Meeting may still be able to go ahead via an online video conference. We will be emailing our current registered affiliate clubs shortly to discuss this option further. **UPDATED 19.03.2020 – The 2020 QBSA Annual General Meeting will be postponed until after the current restrictions have been lifted. All current QBSA Management Committee positions and QBSA Appointments will remain as they are and the new positions will be backdated to the original AGM date of the 26.03.2020.**
While we cannot enforce that our affiliate clubs also do the same regarding their events, we strongly recommend that they follow the directive from the ABSC and the QBSA regarding this matter. Please contact your local club for more information about club events moving forward.
The QBSA Management Committee will continue to monitor the situation and will provide any further updates to this situation, whether it be the restriction on events being removed or extended.
We appreciate your understanding and support during this time and we will hope you and your family remain safe.
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the full statement from the ABSC below:
In light of recent developments in respect of the COVID-19 virus, the Board of the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) has resolved to cancel all national and open tournaments presently scheduled in the period up to 30 June 2020. Ultimately the health, safety and welfare of the players, officials and the community generally has to take precedence. The Board expects that its decision will be mirrored at a State & Territory level by its various Member States.
Any entry fees paid to date for any ABSC events will be refunded in full. We suggest you seek to obtain a refund or insurance payment for any travel expenses already incurred or defer and reuse the airfares in the future.
This decision also extends to players who are eligible to compete in tournaments overseas. At this time the ABSC will not support any player who wishes to travel internationally to play in tournaments.
The Board will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will advise of any change to its position as and when necessary.