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Vanuatu does not have an official governing body for potting as the government has yet to recognise it as a national sport according to a report by View Cue’s Michael Day.

Michael met Arvind Lal in Vanuatu where much of the report was done.

View Cue stated that Port Vila runs two big tournaments a year and the most recent event was the 40th Independence Anniversary Snooker Competition.

The competition was split into two sections and played over multiple weeks.

In the ‘Pool A’ section, Morrison Bule overcame the experienced and former winner of events in Vanuatu Kalontas Abel in the final to claim the title.

Earlier in the day Bule won the Independence Cup Soccer Tournament as coach of the North Efate Soccer Club.

Eddie Vatu was the winner of the ‘Pool B’ event and Jimmy Edwards was the runner-up.

John Ismael took home the ‘Best Player Award’ having made the highest break of 30 across both pools.

Despite snooker’s appeal and participation there, Vanuatu does not have an official governing body for it as the government has yet to recognise it as a national sport.

This is something that Lal and the Port Vila members are working on to change, and in the meantime have set up their own organisation at the club.

“We approached the government in 2018 to make it a national sport without success and our organisation has 50 members and the annual fee is 1000 vatu per year”.

“Our only source of funding is through competition and memberships fees, but we also fund raise and sponsors put up prizes too”.

“We plan to run a snooker class for interested youths so it keeps them out of trouble, but this depends on funding”, Lal said.

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