By Marshallino Beukes
THE Namibian Pool and Billiards Federation (NPBF) is not recognised by the Namibian Sports Commission (NSC). This was revealed by Cyril Möller, who served on the NPBF’s management, at an open pool tournament at Swakopmund last weekend. He however noted that in spite of the NSC’s non-recognition, Namibian pool is recognised by the World Pool-Billiard Association and are thus in the position to compete internationally. Financial constraints and a lack of sponsors were identified as reasons why Namibian pool is not where it could potentially be. Carling Black Label, which was the sport code’s main sponsor until a few years back, pulled out, allegedly as result of financial mismanagement. The sport went dormant from 2009 until 2014 but picked up pace in recent years, with the 2018 season coming to an end last month. New kids on the block Coastal Warriors Pool Club managed to win the league in their first year of competitive pool. All eyes are now focused on “the big one”, the annual Champ of Champs tournament, set to take place at Walvis Bay on 1-2 December. Only five clubs participated in the national league this year, with clubs from towns like Rehoboth, Rundu and Swakopmund pulling the plug last season, mainly due to financial constraints. Both Möller and Leon Beukes (founder of Coastal Warriors Pool Club) are of the view that pool as a sport can play a major role in youth upliftment. Möller noted that the fact that pool is generally labelled as a “bar sport” and goes hand in hand with alcohol, curbs pool clubs and the NPBF from engaging talented or interested youths to develop their skills. He however remarked that they are working on alternatives in this regard. According to Beukes, his pool club’s primary vision is to involve unemployed youth and school leavers to keep them from aimlessly roaming the streets and engaging in alcohol- and drug abuse, as well as criminal activities. Last weekend’s four-a-side tournament was hosted by Swakopmund Pool Club and the team of Coastal Warriors claimed top honours to take home the trophy and prize money.
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