Carom Billiard - 3-Cushion - World National Team Championship - Viersen (GER)
Jean Claude Dupont: regrettable chaos
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Jean Claude Dupont: ,,We tried to do our best, but there was no other solution.''
VIERSEN - The World championship for national teams in Viersen will be played without Colombians, Peruvians, Ecuadorians and Venezuelans, because there has been a total chaos within the board of the South American confederation. The new board, led by Carlos Rivera from Nicaragua, who comes from the pool world, but who's known with three cushion world, has failed to sign up the teams.
By the way: the Pan-American championship for teams, that would be played from 2-6 of Februry in Bolivia, has been cancelled because of the slight interest. Only the teams of Bolivia and Peru send signed up.
The players, the organization in Viersen and the reserve teams from three countries are the victims of that unforgivable mistake. Jean Claude Dupont, president of the UMB (world federation) speaks about an regrettable chaos and an unfortunate blunder.
,,We had contact just before the deadline with the CPB (South American Association) to make them react with the registration of three teams. That has resulted in a total chaos. They couldn't give up their countries on that day, they needed at least a few days. That was unacceptable to us.''
The UMB respected inexorably the deadline and had to lay down the field of participants on 18 teams. Dupont says: ,,The rules of this championship are so specific that the deadline determines the number of teams. We must play regarding to the rules of the UMB in Viersen with 16, 18, 20 or 24 teams. The intention is not to accept B-teams to play, but depending on the application, we can add those teams. With three South Americans, there would have been 21 teams, then we had added three B-teams. But now, in this case, we had on the day of the deadline 18 teams, so we have to play with 18.''
The board of the South American confederation has indeed admitted that they have forgotten the subscription for Viersen. ,,They had som internal telephone calls, but didn't manage to finally get around the teams. I can't understand, because they knew about Viersen and the deadline. We were recently in contact with them about the suspensions of Mexico and Argentina.''
The Mexicans are punished for the reason that is known, the failure of the World Cup last year, the Argentines because of not paying the organization rights for the 5-pin championship. Dupont: ,,We expect a quick solution with Argentina.''
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