Liam Davies writes history at the World Junior Snooker Championship hosted by Bucharest! He became a triple world champion in all categories

The Romanian Snooker Federation, IBSF – the World Snooker Federation and Innovation Travel & Events organized, in partnership with the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and the Bucharest University Science Club, at the halls of the Rectorate of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, a triple World Junior Snooker Championship . The event took place between August 15 and 27, 2022. As a sign of appreciation for the activity carried out by the Romanian Snooker Federation until now, the World Snooker Federation IBSF designated the organization of the World Championship for Cadets – U16, Juniors – U18 and Youth – U21 Romania again.

Liam Davies writes history at the World Junior Snooker Championship hosted by Bucharest

The revelation of this championship is Liam Davies from Wales who, at just 16 years old, won 1st place in all 3 categories of World Junior Snooker Championship in the same tournament: Under 16, Under 18, Under 21. In the Under 21 final, Liam beat Antoni Kowalski (Poland) 5-1.

Liam’s first win came on 18 August when he won the World Under-16 title by defeating Bulcsú Révész (Hungary) 4-2. Liam continued his winning streak and also won the Under-18 world title on August 22, where he beat Antoni Kowalski (Poland) 4-3.

Liam Davies started playing snooker at the age of 6, being coached by the well-known Welsh snooker player Lee Walker. He represented Wales for the first time in the Celtic Challenge in June 2016 against Ireland in Carlow. He played his first IBSF tournament in Mol, Belgium in August 2016. He is currently ranked 2nd in the Welsh Men’s Snooker Rankings. Liam also won the European U18 competition in Albania in June 2022. He wants to become a professional main tour snooker player and his goal is to one day become world champion and world number 1. He has every chance. Especially since Liam Davies is also in the Guinness Book of Records for the youngest player in history to win a qualifying match at a professional World Championship (held this year in Sheffield, UK). Liam’s father, Leyton Davies, is a manager at the Mark Williams Snooker Club in Tredegar, where Liam trains with Mark Williams and Jackson Page.

“For me, these days were unbelievable. I’m shocked in a good way too, because I’ve achieved a record that has never been achieved before, and it’s not known if it will be achieved again, namely winning all the world junior championship titles in one competition. I’m still waiting to wake up from this beautiful dream. Bucharest is an extraordinary place, the weather was very warm and the Technical University of Bucharest, an admirable host. I can say that Romanians deserve the place they live in, being warm and welcoming. My snooker idol is Mark Williams, a unique and special man, with whom I train a lot. As soon as possible, I want to enter the league of professional snooker players and I am constantly preparing for it. I always travel with my family, that is, with my parents, Leyton and Clair, but also with my brother, Ryan, who constantly supports me in trying to fulfill my dream and to whom I thank them along the way”, declares the triple world champion in the category juniors, Liam Davis.

Recording of the Under 21 final here:

The Triple World Snooker Championship brought together over 150 participants, officials and international snooker referees in the three categories, from 25 countries. Mubarak Al-Khyarin (Qatar), the president of the IBSF, was also present at the U21 Championship.

The biggest break of the triple Championship in Bucharest, of 128 points, was achieved by Florian Nüßle (Austria), semifinalist at U21, who also scored the most breaks of over 50 points: 8. De also, at the championship hosted by Bucharest, 4 more breaks of over 100 points were recorded, achieved by Bulcsú Révész (Hungary) – 116, Taweesap Kongkitchertchoo (Thailand) – 106, Ayman Alamri (Saudi Arabia) – 102 and Liam Davies (Wales) – 100.

“At first I was a bit worried, because organizing three world championships in the same period is a difficult and challenging mission for any country. But I know, from past experience, that Romania is a very strong event organizer and I had all the confidence. In the end, everything went well, we had a good team here and the competition turned out very well, thanks to the work and dedication of the Romanian Snooker Federation, which took care of all aspects, down to the smallest detail. The results are extraordinary. For the first time in the history of the IBSF, we organized a championship at a university and, also for the first time, a triple world championship in the same country. So we have several positive aspects that give us confidence in the future of snooker, including for the young snooker players in Romania, who will be encouraged even more to play from now on. Many countries in Central and Eastern Europe began to develop snooker competitions, progress and train future champions. We had, at this triple World Championship, a player from Poland in two finals and a player from Hungary in the semi-finals. My advice is to be patient, let time tell, encourage and train the young players. I will be delighted to be involved in the organization of some world championships in Romania and I will always come here with great pleasure. Especially since the results of the last competition are very good”, emphasizes James Leacy, vice-president of the IBSF (International Billiards and Snooker Federation).

Snooker is one of the three disciplines (pool, carom and snooker) in the billiards family and celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. It has its origins in English billiards, which appeared over 300 years ago. Snooker is practically the “nephew” of English billiards, appearing in 1875 as a result of an extension of the three balls, white, yellow and red, which were the object of activity of English billiards. Thus Sir Chamberlain added 14 more red and five more colored balls to the yellow one, thus reaching the current shape called snooker.

About the Romanian Snooker Federation

The Romanian Snooker Federation, established in 2007, celebrates 15 years of activity this year. Federation activity takes place mainly at the National Snooker Center, the place where generations of children have been trained who have achieved outstanding performances in the new sport for Romania, snooker.

The first notable event organized in Romania was the EBSA European Snooker Championship held in Constanta in 2006. This was followed by the EBSA European Championships in 2010, 2014, 2018 and the IBSF U21 World Championship in 2015. As a sign of appreciation for the activity carried out by the Romanian Federation of Snooker to date, the World Snooker Federation IBSF has designated the organization of the World Championship for Cadets – U16, Juniors – U18 and Youth – U21 again in Romania, the event to take place between 14 and 27 August 2022.

The best performance of Romanian snooker was achieved by Mihai Vladu who obtained the first medal for Romania, 3rd place, bronze medal at the U18 World Junior Championship held in Belgium – 2016, and at the European Championship in Albania (June 2022), the Romanian women’s snooker team took 3rd place, bronze medal (Andreea Sălcianu and Monica Manolache).

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