Following yesterday’s announcement of the European contingent for the 2017 World Cup of Pool, the rest of the field can now be revealed. With ten teams from Asia and six from around the rest of the world, some of the biggest names in the game will be coming to the York Hall in London to contest the $250,000 prize fund.
They include defending champions, Ko Pin Yi and Chang Yu Lung of Chinese Taipei, as well as former World Pool Champion Wu Jiaqing who shocked the pool world winning as a 16 year-old in 2005. He teams up Dang Jinhu to represent China.
Elsewhere, Shane Van Boening is chasing his second World Cup of Pool title, this time in the company of Skyler Woodward, and under-the-radar Filipinos Johan Chua and Carlo Biado will offer a fierce challenge.
The remaining teams are:
China – Wu Jiaqing / Dang Jinhu
Chinese Taipei – Ko Pin Yi / Chang Yu Lung
Hong Kong – Andrew Kong / Lo Ho Sum
India – Raj Hundal / Amar Kang
Indonesia – Irsal Afrinneza Nasution / Muhammad Bewi Simajuntak
Japan – Naoyuki Oi / Hijikata Hayato
Malaysia – Kok Jken Yung / Muhammad Almie
Philippines – Carlo Biado / Johann Chua
Singapore – Toh Lian Han and Aloysius Yapp
Thailand – Amnuayporn Chotipong / Tanut Makkamontree
Australia – Justin Campbell /Michael Caccioli
Canada – Alex Pagulayan / John Morra (TBC)
Kuwait – Bader Al Alawi / Mohammad Saleh Al Kashawi
New Zealand – Matt Edwards / Toar Dotulong
South Africa – David Anderson / Francois Ellis
USA – Shane Van Boening / Skyler Woodward
Qatar – Waleed Majid / Bashar Hussain
Commencing on Tuesday June 13 and culminating with the final on the evening of Sunday 18, the event will be played to a single elimination format over six days with two sessions a day. There are 31 matches in total.
The draw will be announced on Monday 8th May.
Tickets are on sale now at www.matchroompool.com priced at just £10.00 per evening session (Tuesday to Sunday) and £8.00 per weekend afternoon session. Tuesday to Friday afternoons are free. A season ticket covering all sessions is priced at £60.00.
The World Cup of Pool will carry a $250,000 prize fund including $60,000 for the champions. The event will be produced by Matchroom Sport Television and televised live on Sky Sports as well as other stations around the world. It is then syndicated internationally as 31 x 1 hour programmes.
2017 WORLD CUP OF POOL is sponsored by Rasson Billiards who supplies the Official Table; the cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith by Saluc. Predator is the Official Cue and Chalk of the event.