The 2015 IBSF World Snooker championship begins at Hurghada, Egypt.
The Opening Ceremony was held last night at Sunrise Garden Beach Resort and after the glittering cultural program, Mr. Barrie Jones, the IBSF Board Member announced the championship open.
The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Ahmed Nasir, President of African Sports Confederation. He was joined by the dignitaries from IBSF and all participating member countries.
The ceremony began with the procession of all players participating in the championships. After that the Chief Guest Mr. Nasir welcomed the players & delegates to Egypt and congratulated the Egyptian Federation for their efforts to hold this championship in Hurghada.
There are total 44 countries participating in the championships and we have received total 134 entries in Men's category, which are divided into 22 groups. Four will qualify from each group to play knockout from 16th onwards.
For women and Masters caregory, total 32 and 80 players are participating and their knockout matches will start from 18th onwards.
For the championships Mr. Simon Smith from United Kingdom is appointed as Tournament Director, Mr Mohammed Kammah, IBSF Overseer, Mr Marawan El-Enani from Egypt is Assistant Tournament Director, Mr.Joseph Lo from Hong Kong is Head Referee, Mr. Nico De Vos from Belgium and Mr. Ali Reda from Egypt are Assistant Head Referees. Dariusz Goral from Poland is taking care of Live Scoring / Results; and Vivek Pathak from India is Media Officer and for Website Updates. The Tournament Committee is supported by Egyptian Federation Organising Committee, Mr Amer Khattab and Mr Rageh Hosni.