WPA Quells Rumors

Despite the wild rumours that have been circulating, the World Pool-Billiard Association wishes to state unequivocally that the WPA World Ten Ball Championship will take place as scheduled in Manila on September 29 to October 5. At no time have we considered this event to ever have been in danger of being postponed or canceled.

Preparations and arrangements for the tournament by Raya Sports are proceeding as planned. The venue is the Philippine International Convention Centre. Seven hotels led by Sofitel Philippine Plaza are official hotel partners and will take care of players and guests. Brunswick, Iwan Simonis and Star Billiards are providing world-class equipment and service. The tournament will be broadcast internationally by ESPN.

A prize fund of $400,000 is on offer, and indeed there may be an additional prize donated by sponsors that will be announced by next week.

The entire tournament will be conducted under the full supervision of the WPA. Mr. Thomas Overbeck, WPA vice-president and sports director, will be the Tournament Director.

For updated information about the WTBC, log into the official website: www.worldtenball.com