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The Dynamic Billard North Cyprus Open…
…will be played in Kyrenia, North Cyprus, from October 3rd through 5th, 2013. Host venue will be the Hotel Acapulco. After several months of negotiations and discussion, the IBPF was finally successful in finalising the contract with the North Cyprus Billiard Federation. The Euro-Tour event will be very attractive to all players. Not only because of the prize money and rankings points at stake, but also because of the beautiful touristic background of the location. North Cyprus has already proven several times that the landscape and scenery is absolutely stunning and worth a trip. Straight before the Euro- Tour event, the North Cyprus Federation holds their annual local tournament with international participation. Starting September 30th through October 2nd, players may take the chance and play two prestigious events back to back in that lovely holiday resort. Furthermore, the European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair athletes will also be played at the same venue in 2014, April 1st through 12th.Cyprus
The Dynamic Billard European Championships 2013…
…for youth players will be played in the Radon Plaza Hotel in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina, July 26th through August 2nd. Directly after that, the seniors and ladies will take over the stage and play their annual European Championships August 4th through 11th, at the very same venue. With a few days break, finally the Dynamic Billiard Bosnia & Hercegovina Open 2013 Euro-Tour will finish the pool billiard festival at the Radon Plaza Hotel from August 15th through 17th. During the entire time, up to 20 tables will be in the Live Stream. The matches and all the action together with background information and much more can be viewed at www.kozoom.com/en/pool-billiard/ . Several possibilities for premium membership can be found on the Kozoom website. All other event details including Live score, invitation, line-ups, participants, etc. can be found on www.epconline.eu for the European Championships and www.eurotouronline.eu for the Euro-Tour.

David Alcaide from Spain was fined…

…with 1.000,-€ for unsportsmanlike behaviour at the recent Euro-Tour in Austria. Tournament Director David Morris saw Alcaide throwing a semi-final match because he wanted to leave early in order to be able to catch his plane. “This kind of conduct cannot be tolerated”, said Morris. “I tried to talk to him after the match but he was gone already. I then spoke to his opponent and got the confirmation that Alcaide suggested to him that he should play fast so Alcaide could catch his plane. He would then lose on purpose.” Alcaide, who is normally known to be a great and proper sportsman, was confronted with the accusation and accepted the penalty. He obviously regretted his behaviour and will not act like this in the future any more. He also tried to excuse his course of action.
The EPBF is sadly reporting the passing away of Thomas Gietmann…
…who left us last week on Wednesday, June 26th after long illness. Gietmann was one of the main persons responsible for the creation and development of junior’s pool billiard in the Netherlands. He was always a noble sportsman and a great character to work with. A huge part of the success of the Dutch junior team, the “young orange”, is definitely owed to Thomas. The international pool billiard family will miss him and his fresh and innovative ideas. Our thoughts go out to his family…
The qualifier for this year’s World Cup of pool…
…will be played directly after the Euro-Tour in Radon Plaza Hotel, Sarajevo, on Sunday, August 18th, 2013. Like last year in St. Johann, Austria, two man teams from countries that are not already represented at the prestigious MatchroomSport event will get the chance to qualify for the main event. Only one team per nation is permitted. Announcements for the official qualifiers may go to the EPBF office. The World Cup of Pool will be played in London, UK, September 17th through 22nd. The event will feature 32 two-man teams competing for a total prize fund of 250.000,- US$.

The EPBF will host another referee’s course…
…during the Euro-Tour in Sarajevo. Like in previous years, EPBF referee instructor Thomas Overbeck will train referees from EPBF member nations and suggest new members for the EPBF referee squad. Interested referees may send their inquiries to the EPBF office and receive further information.

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