Former Vanuatu Politician and a strong financial supporter for Vanuatu Snooker, Willie Jimmy, has confirmed their main focus now is to get the sport affiliated to Vanuatu Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC).
Speaking to the Daily Post yesterday during the Port Vila Snooker Championship final at the Liberal Club, Jimmy believes it is time for the sport to be promoted and to be recognised internationally.
Mr Jimmy is also focussing on getting more snooker tables next year and confirmed talks are already underway with his Indian Fijian friend and a few business friends in Australia that have already confirmed the purchasing of new tables.
“Snooker came in before Independence and stayed after independence but with very little promotion.
“Club Vanuatu was the only Club where we used to play with big tables which was the biggest Snooker table in Vanuatu and then i bought the table so it becomes the only biggest table in Vanuatu which i own now.
“Snooker was not promoted well to be one of the disciplines in the Pacific Games or Pacific Mini Games.
“So when i bought the table we could identify some players for snooker and promote the sport to become one discipline in international games,” Jimmy said.
This year the sport worked on getting sponsors for the sport with the inclusion of government MPs and other corporate houses.
“We know the rules of getting the sport as one of the disciplines, snooker is played in all Melanesian countries Fiji, Solomons and Papua New Guinea.
“So in order to get the sport into VASANOC we just need three signatories.
“So we have set up the committee and we have also met Minister for Youth and Sport, Francois Chani and we had the championship to identify the players.
“The committee is working very hard now, and we will get good feedbacks from players, next year we will have more competitions. We will get more snooker tables.
“It’s very important to be be affiliated to VASANOC so we can also access government funding,” Mr Jimmy said.