The 2023 EBSA European Snooker Championships started this Monday monrning at the Dolmen Hotel, in St. Paul’s Bay (Malta), with a welcome cermony for the 60 competitors who are taking part in the first of the four competitions of the event, the U16 competition.
EBSA General Secretary Simon Smith explained the rules to the newcomers, as EBSA Chairman Maxime Cassis and Malta Billiards and Snooker Association president, Ivan Brincat, gave also a warm welcome and friendly word of advise to the players and their families who travelled along, too, for a couple of days rest at the island whije the kids show their stuff playing at the 16 tables settled at the maltese resorte until March 18th.
Some of the 40 referees, who had their own meeting with the Tournament Staff the previous night, attender this morning’s reunion, just to clarify rules and any doubts anyone could have about fhe first of the four competitions.
After the U16 competition, Tuesday it’s the scheduled day to start, also, the U18 tournament, followed bu the U21 and Men’s event until March 19th. Lots of good snooker performed by the youngsters, now, to watch for free at the Dolmen Hotel, in St. Paul’s Bay.
Just remember Malta’s massive passion for billiards and snooker is a paradox with their own size in ‘Old Europe’: it’s the smallest country in Europe, with ‘only’ 316 square kilometres but with a huge tradition on well receiving and organizing mega events with full sucess. They’re doing their best to let this 500 ‘guests’ just for the EBSA 2023 European Snooker Championships feel confortable.