Billiard Sports

Billiard Sports, also known as cue sports, are a wide variety of games generally played with a cue stick on a cloth-covered billiard table. The cue is used to strike balls and thereby causes the balls to move around the table. 

Sport 
Billiard Sports at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games include 13 distinct disciplines, 10 for men and three for women.

Carom: played on tables without pockets. In the most common variant, 3-Cushion Carom, points are scored by making contact with the other two balls on the table, contacting three rail cushions in the process.

Pool: covers numerous pocket billiard games generally played on six-pocket tables. In the most common variant, 8-Ball, the object is to pocket your balls and, after that, pocket the 8 ball. 

Snooker: includes games played on a table with six pockets. The objective is to score more points than your opponent by potting balls in the correct order from lowest value to highest. 

Russian Pyramid: has different styles with play dominated by attempts to pocket the balls using cannon shots off another ball. The balls are larger and heavier than western billiard balls, and the pockets are smaller in relation to the balls. 

English billiards: a cue sport with two cue balls and a red object ball. It is played on a billiards table with the same dimensions as a snooker table. Points are scored for cannons and pocketing the balls. 

History 
All cue sports are generally regarded to have evolved into indoor games from outdoor stick and ball lawn games. King Louis XI of France, who reigned from 1461–1483 had the first known indoor billiard table. Billiards is often mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare, and had many famous enthusiasts such as Mozart, Immanuel Kant, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, George Washington, Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. 

At Ashgabat 2017 
Men and women will compete for a total of 13 gold medals in Billiard Sports at Ashgabat 2017. The competition will be held from 19–26 September at the Billiard Sports Arena.

Men
Snooker Singles
6-Red Snooker Singles
Snooker Team
English Billiards Singles
3-Cushion Carom Singles
9-Ball Pool Singles
9-Ball Pool Scotch Doubles
Russian Pyramid Free Style Singles
Russian Pyramid Combined Style Singles
Russian Pyramid Dynamic Style Singles

Women
6-Red Snooker Singles 
9-Ball Pool Singles
10-Ball Pool Singles

Competition format
All events will be competed on a straight knock-out basis.

Quick Facts

  • A "Billiards" category encompassing pool, snooker and carom was featured in the 2005 World Games and in the 2006 Asian Games.
  • The three disciplines were assembled under one umbrella organisation in August 1990.


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