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UMB officially announces suspensions

Posted by on June 10, 2019

UMB officially announces suspensions

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UMB president Mr. Farouk Barki: all PBA players suspended world wide, they left us no other options

CAÏRO - The world billiard association UMB, led by President Farouk Barki, has published on its website an official announcement of the suspensions for players who participated in events for the new Korean organization (PBA). The negotiations between UMB and PBA have failed until now, making it not possible to find any kind of cooperation in organizing tournaments. The Confederations and Federations have been officially informed of the sanctions coming up. The suspensions start on July 15 and until then, PBA players can still participate in the World Cup in Blankenberge and the European Cup for teams in Porto to not disturb the organizations.

In the recent PBA tournament, around twenty European players, one American, one Colombian, and mainly Koreans, took part.

The UMB announces on its website:

Dear sport friends,

''As you may have been previously informed, till now, the negotiations with PBA did not reach a solution. The PBA refuses to follow the UMB rules for the application to Open International Competitions.

PBA plans to yearly organize 20 to 30 events. These tournaments are  impossible to fit into our international Sports Calendar that would be conflicting with reserved dates for the UMB core activities: Confederal and Federal Competitions.

UMB has no other option than to suspend any recognized player (member of a UMB Federation) that participates to non-sanctioned PBA competitions.

According to the UMB Statutes and Rules, the Confederations will extend the sanction to their jurisdiction and adequately inform their federations of the imposed consequences as mentioned in the Notification of Suspension to the Player.

‘'During the period of suspension, you are restricted in participation in all events mentioned in the UMB sports calendar and the subsequent events from the UMB Confederations and Federations jurisdictions, except for the mentioned in article 124.4 concerning competitions not related to UMB, which they administer on their own.''


The Confederations and Federations will restrict the suspended players for participation from all their Championships as well as from the subsequent qualifying competitions.

Besides the restriction from participation to the Confederal Club Team Championships, the suspended players may as well be restricted for participation from foreign Club Competitions.

We regret not to have any other option to preserve the basically legitimate objectives of the UMB Worldwide sports pyramid, in favor of the sports development at the Confederal and Federal levels.''

Union Mondiale de Billard



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My Comments

the Texas Carom Club
the Texas Carom Club
well are you going to atleast give a list ?

Message 1/6 - Publish at June 10, 2019 4:56 PM

Just renewed my membership??
Unfortunately, it has come to this. On future events, I just wonder how my latest renewal with Kozoom will turn out to be?

Message 2/6 - Publish at June 10, 2019 8:19 PM

The Texas Carom Club..
I agree. As members, should we atleast know the lists and other details of players suspended, not suspended, ranking...etc??? Thanks!

Message 3/6 - Publish at June 10, 2019 8:25 PM

the Texas Carom Club
the Texas Carom Club
otherwise why bother making it news, imo

Publish at June 11, 2019 1:22 AM

I saw Caudron play in a PBA tour match. Would they suspend their best player?

Message 4/6 - Publish at June 10, 2019 11:10 PM

It was inevitable, but....
I am siding with UMB on that decision, for reasons that have been discussed in previous articles!
But I do hope UMB and Kozoom realise that, our sport has to be upgraded on the presentation area. Hope they picked up a tip or two from the Koreans (not the cheerleaders, please)!

Message 5/6 - Publish at June 11, 2019 1:47 AM

att: Tanko
@ Tanko,

Suspensions are effective as of July 15th. UMB decided not to intervene with 2 World Cups and coupe d´Europe, which would have put the organizers in a very bad situation

Message 6/6 - Publish at June 11, 2019 5:44 PM

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