The 2020 APA World Pool Championships have been postponed until Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 2020.
The event will now include both the 8-Ball and 9-Ball World Championships as well as the Masters, Wheelchair and Ladies 8-Ball Championships. The event will take place at the Westgate Las Vegas as planned.
APA’s goal is to hold its 2020 Championship events, if it’s safe to do so.
“We have concerns about whether or not an event will be possible in Las Vegas in August, but at this point, it’s hard to know how things might look three or four months from now. We felt we needed to do everything possible to ensure the APA World Championships could take place this year if we can do so safely,” said APA President Greg Fletcher.
“We’ve bought ourselves some time to make decisions in response to what happens with the pandemic in the next few months,” he added.
Fletcher also indicated that no event would take place in Las Vegas unless local and state officials indicate it’s overwhelmingly safe to do so.
“We aren’t going to ask our members or our staff to do something that would jeopardize their health,” said Fletcher.
The move will give APA Leagues across the country more time to resume League play and to schedule playoff and World Qualifier events to determine which teams will qualify for the World Championships.
If the APA World Pool Championships ultimately cannot be held in 2020, APA would work with its League Operators on how players fund monies allocated to send teams to Vegas will be awarded.
It’s important to recognize plans will ultimately be dictated by what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic over the next few months.
Here are the specific event dates:
8-Ball World Championship: Nov. 28-Dec. 3
Wheelchair Championship: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Ladies 8-Ball Championship: Dec. 1-4
9-Ball World Championship: Dec. 2-6
Masters Championship: Dec. 4-6
MiniMania: Nov. 28-Dec. 5