Cueing up snooker for Olympic Games

Snooker as well as two other cue sports - carom billiards and pool - deserves to be part of the Paris 2024 Olympic programme.

The secretary general of the newly-formed World Snooker Federation, Maxime Cassis, who is also the chairman of the European Snooker Federation, said in Sofia on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Snooker unsuccessfully bid for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding were granted spots as additional sports.

Snooker officials say the sport is watched by nearly half a billion people worldwide and played competitively in almost 100 countries.

The summer Olympic programme currently includes 28 core sports after golf and rugby sevens were added ahead of the Rio 2016 Games.

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