Mickey Chambers, right, wants disability snooker back in the Paralympic Games ©WDSB

Disability snooker champion Mickey Chambers says he wants to see the sport return to the Paralympic Games "as quickly as possible".

Snooker first featured at the Games for Rome 1960 and was then contested in every edition until Seoul 1988 barring Arnhem 1980 because it was not considered an established sport in The Netherlands.

"The Paralympics is ultimately where we want to be," Chambers told BBC Essex.

"That's exactly where we all want the sport to go.

"We do have some professional players who are ambassadors, for example Shaun Murphy who's very keen on helping us try to promote the sport and get Paralympic status, which would be great."

Chambers is on the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) Board of Directors.

He was co-opted in April 2021 as players' liaison to the body which has previously stated its long-term vision is for snooker to "reclaim its rightful place at the Paralympic Games".

Mickey Chambers has retired from amputee football and now wants to focus on developing disability snooker ©WDSB
Mickey Chambers has retired from amputee football and now wants to focus on developing disability snooker ©WDSB

"It [being in the Paralympics] was a while back and before I got involved, and I didn't know anything about that," he said.

"So when I was reading up about it, I was thinking 'this is where we were, why are we not there now?'

"Ultimately, everybody does want us to get us back there and I'm sure the more we keep doing - and what we're doing at the moment is amazing anyway - then we will be there as quickly as possible."

Chambers, who is a left-leg amputee, joined the WDBS Tour in 2018 while still playing international football for the England amputee team. 

Chambers has won 11 tournaments in the group five category on Tour which is for athletes who have one or both upper or lower limbs slightly impaired but they are able to make a traditional bridge for the cue anywhere on the table with their most impaired hand.

The 33-year-old made his amputee football debut for England against Brazil in 2004 and since then he has been voted World Player of the Year three times.

He retired after the 2018 World Cup in Mexico and now wants to focus on helping to grow disability snooker.