Cornwall Amateur Billiards and Snooker Association STATEMENT

With the current health instructions imposed by the government

Together with the guidance from the billiards & snooker governing bodies the WPBSA/ESPB.

Decisions on the forthcoming 2020/21 season has been made by various league committees throughout Cornwall.

These decisions have confirmed that various leagues have decided to suspend the new 2020/21 season completely. Another is making a decision at the end of November to establish if a partial season can be run depending on restrictions, and, if they players actually wish to return to play safely.

Those leagues with outstanding league matches and/or competitions may try and complete between now and Apr 2021, if the restrictions and guidance allows, and more importantly, if their players or clubs wish to play. Their decision is paramount in the interest of safety.

The decisions taken by those leagues, correctly in my mind, impact heavily on the County, and, would make it near impossible to run any competitions during 2020/21, due to either reduced numbers or no participants in any events, not forgetting other leagues yet to decide to suspend operations at a later date.

Many clubs have still not opened, some may not at all until this pandemic has gone, and to those clubs that have opened, they have to apply strict instructions and guidance to their members, and supply and enforce PPE equipment is available for the use of club members.

The County committee have considered all the above factors and to comply with the government’s instructions and governing bodies recommendations, it has been agreed that in the interest of all players and officials safety, that,the County will be suspending the 2020/21 season with immediate effect.

As the County has five remaining finals from the 2019/20 season outstanding, the committee may try and complete them between Jan and Apr 2021, providing the government restrictions and governing bodies guidance permits it, and, more importantly if those players feel safe enough to play. Their decision is paramount and final.

I am sure some players throughout Cornwall will be disappointed, but these are difficult and unprecedented times, health is paramount, and our committee act for the benefit of all players, officials and supporters alike.

Derek Brooks.

Secretary

Cornwall Billiards & Snooker Association.

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