242 cueists from 51 countries must all be making last minute preparations as the 2013 IBSF World Snooker Championship gets closer and closer. The mega event is to begin November 27th at the awesome Daugavpils Olympic Sports Center in the picturesque city of Daugavpils, Latvia and will finish on December 8th.
Of the 242 players who shall participate in this massive event, 126 will fight it out for the Men’s trophy. The Masters and Women events will see 74 and 42 contestants respectively. Their battleground, that 6’x12’ area with the green baize, is to be provided by ‘Shender’ the official table provider to IBSF, Snooker Balls from ‘Aramith’ and the table cloth by ‘Strachan’.
While the players are honing their game, the city of Daugavpils is also busy getting ready to welcome their guests. Dinaburg Hotel and Park Hotel Latgola will play the host to all the visitors.
IBSF wishes all the players best of luck and the city of Daugavpils anxiously awaits to make your stay a pleasant one.
FACT FILE OF DAUGAVPILS
Average weather during the championship period
November: Avg low: -2° Avg hi: 2°
December: Avg low: -5° Avg hi: -2°
Daugavpils Fortress, Daugavpils Rothko Art Center, Church Hill, Andrejs Pumpurs Public Garden, Daugavpils University Public Garden, Sundial, Dubrovin Park, Daugavpils Regional Studies and Art Museum are some of the favourite tourist destinations to visit within Daugavpils.
Daugavpils Tourism Information Centre
Rigas iela 22a, tel: +371 542 28 18, fax: +371 542 28 18
Daugavpils is Latvia’s second largest city (116 000 inhabitants), and is situated about 230 km south-east of Riga, along the Lithuanian and Belarusian borders.
The city was established around the Dinaburg Fortress, built by the Livonian Order of German Knights in 1275. Daugavpils developed on the crossroads of various cultures and religions. For centuries, it was ruled by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and later the Russian Empire took control.
Over the centuries, city development was strongly influenced by large Russian Old Believer and Jewish populations. During the 18-19th centuries many Jewish people were deported to the Russian Empire borders. Now, Daugavpils is primarily a Russian city as the remaining old Jewish families were killed during Word War II.
Daugavpils is a spacious, green city with a delightfully provincial charm. Despite its quaint atmosphere and low prices, the city possesses fully modern services. Over the last decade an ice-hall, bowling centre, diverse entertainment centres and up-to-date hotels have been built.