August 12, 2019
We have noticed today a letter sent out by the EPBF, listing its queries to Chinese Pool in Europe and the Chinese Pool Euro tour in preparation. As newcomers to the European pool scene, we fully respect EPBF's governance in the European region and has done so by initiating meetings and consulting them concerning various matters. However, to set the record straight, we will have to counter some of the accusations in their letter that we find incorrect.
In the wake of the Amsterdam meeting as mentioned in the EPBF letter, an MOU was brought forward by both parties clearly stating all the points covered during the Amsterdam conversation.
The date clash was a major concern during the meeting. In the draft MOU, ICEA undertakes to:
"respect the EPBF tournament calendar. ICEA will not collide with the official Tournament dates of the EPBF,"
- Which we fully abide, the proposed Chinese Pool Euro Tour calendar is constructed only after carefully studying the EPBF 2019 calendar.
Also included in the minutes is what approach ICEA shall take when carrying out activities in EPBF member nations, and in the draft MOU, ICEA undertakes to:
"Inform ICEA promoters in the respective European Countries who do have an EPBF member that they are obliged to respect the National EPBF members tournament calendar and not collide with this Sports calendar, and carry out promotional activities of Chinese Pool on this condition."
- In this regard, JOY had been working with an individual promoter in one European country who later qualified as an ICEA national member. This connection was established after previous attempts to align with the country's EPBF member returned nothing. This promoter did contact his local EPBF member first, simply for requesting the approval/cooperation opportunities for the Chinese Pool event in that country, and we were told that the request is denied.
For the Chinese Pool Euro tour, We consulted with various associations, including a letter to the EPBF in this April, saying the event is still in the planning phase so we would like to ask EPBF for suggestions. In this regard, we always wanted to partner with the EPBF to bring more benefits to European players who are showing increasing interests in our sport, which is also why the Amsterdam meeting took place after continuous requests from our side.
Therefore, we are sorry to read about EPBF’s stance on an event that could be a role model for association-level cooperation based on mutual respect.
ICEA fixes our position as an organization to serve, and we will devote ourselves to better serving the players and fans of Chinese Pool. We think for every pool-billiard association it is the benefit of the players instead of personal benefits that should be of the top concern. Players are where our strength comes from, and stopping them from playing will simply do no good to them and the sport itself.
We hope this letter will help clear the air and resolve any misunderstandings, because we firmly believe the EPBF shares the same principle as we do: From the players, for the players. ICEA is and will always be ready to work with EPBF to make the European pool scene a better place for players to thrive and prosper.
With kind regards,