The World Snooker Federation has accepted Russia as its newest member ©WSF

The Federation of Billiards Sport of Russia (FBSR) has become the latest member of the World Snooker Federation (WSF).

Both parties believe that this will promote snooker development in the nation and provide more opportunities to Russia's elite players.

Russian players have featured in both men's and women's global tournaments in recent years.

One such player is 21-year-old Ivan Kakovskiy, who made his debut at the World Snooker Championship earlier this month.

Kakovskiy claimed three frames against six-time World Championship finalist and current world seniors champion Jimmy White.

His selection for the World Championship came after Kakovskiy claimed his fifth national title in six years, coming out on top of a 57-player field at the Polygon Billiards Club in Moscow.

Ivan Kakovskiy is the reigning Russian snooker champion ©WSF
Ivan Kakovskiy is the reigning Russian snooker champion ©WSF

At the 2019 World Women's Snooker Championship, 11-year-old Ksenia Zhukova became one of the youngest players to ever win a match at the tournament, successfully qualifying from the group stage before losing to former under-21 world champion Varshaa Sanjeev in a last-24 match.

"It is a great honour for us to welcome Russia to our Federation," WSF President Jason Ferguson said.

"There is real passion for billiards sports in Russia and the team at the FBSR should be highly commended for the way in which they are developing young talented players in the region.

"I look forward to the day when a player from Russia qualifies to the full World Snooker Tour."

Sergei Riabinin, vice-president of the FBSR added: "We are very happy to join the WSF and believe that this will help our best players to reach the professional World Snooker Tour in the future."