Champs of Champs pool tourney set for Swakopmund

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Windhoek – All roads lead to the coastal town of Swakopmund for the annual Champs of Champs pool tournament where the crème de la crème will battling it out for the prestigious honour this month-end.

The Namibia Pool and Billiard Federation (NPBF) has given the green light to the Champs of Champs tournament, to be hosted by Coastal Warriors Pool Club in Swakopmund, during the weekend of November 27-28.

However, the 2020 Pool League remains shelved due to COVID-19.

The NPBF, which is affiliated to the World Pool Association, said the Champs of Champs tournament would have ten teams from Erongo Region (seven) and Windhoek, with other regions unable to be accommodated because of funding and logistical issues.

The decision was made at a meeting last weekend, which was chaired by NPBF president Cyril Möller. In attendance were vice-president Anthony Strauss, secretary Laurenzo Louw, treasurer Reginald Van Wyk, administrator Serge Du Plessis, and PR officer Martie Kotze.

Möller told The Southern Times Sports that, “This year’s tournament will use a different format and games will be decided by team events (most games won) and double knock-out elimination. There will be a total of three Trophies (President Cup, Player of the Tournament and a floating trophy for the overall winning team).”

He said the safety of players and other participants was assured and COVID-19 regulations would be strictly implemented.

“Players should maintain at least a one-metre distance between themselves and others to reduce risk of infection … the further away, the better. Wearing a mask will be enforced, as will cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects, and the continuous education of safety rules and regulations during the tournament,” said Möller.

The 2021 pool league is scheduled to start on March 6.

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