WST and ITV Sport have taken the decision to postpone this week’s Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
The event was due to run from Tuesday to Sunday this week, televised by ITV4.
Following Monday’s announcement from the UK government that public are advised to avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues, we have liaised with ITV Sport and come to the decision to postpone the event, with new provisional dates of July 21st to 26th this year at the same venue.
We appreciate this is very short notice and a disappointment for the fans and the television audience, however the assessment could only be made at short notice after yesterday’s announcement from the government which came at 5pm.
The box office at Venue Cymru in Llandudno will contact ticket holders . Those tickets will be transferred automatically to the rescheduled dates. Fans who are unable to attend in July can contact the box office after April 1st for a refund.
Announcements on future events including the World Championship will be made in due course, with all scenarios to be considered depending on further government advice.
Snooker’s world governing body the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and the World Snooker Tour (WST) have today announced the 16 amateur qualifiers selected to play at next month’s Betfred World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.
To be held at the English Institute for Sport from 8-15 April 2020, the qualifying rounds for this year’s World Championship will again be contested by main tour players not ranked inside of the world’s top 16 following this month’s Tour Championship, who will be joined by 16 elite amateur players to complete the draw.
The qualifying tournament will be run under an all-new format which will see those players seeded 17-48 needing to win two matches to join the world’s top 16 at the iconic Crucible Theatre. Remaining players will be required to win up to four matches to play on snooker’s greatest stage.
The 16 amateur players selected by the WPBSA have each earned their places on the basis of their performances at international amateur events including this year’s World Snooker Federation tournaments and Challenge Tour.
1, Ashley Hugill – WSF Open champion, Challenge Tour number one ranked player, winner of two Challenge Tour events 2019/20, made maximum break at Challenge Tour event. Joins WST 2020/21 season.
2, Gao Yang – WSF Junior Open champion, leading Chinese junior, Joins WST 2020/21 season.
3, Lukas Kleckers – Won WST Place at Challenge Tour and winner of one Challenge Tour event. Joins WST 2020/21 season.
4,Iuilan Boiko – WSF Open runner-up (aged 14).
5, Sean Maddocks – WSF Junior Open runner-up, youngest player to make officially recognised maximum break.
6, Dean Young – Challenge Tour Event Winner, WST Shoot Out last 32. Saudi Arabian Champion/No.1 – Saudi Arabia Sports Development Invite. Challenge Tour Play-Off Winner TBC – Winner of Challenge Tour play-off, Joins WST 2020/21 season.
7, Reanne Evans – World Women’s Snooker No.1 ranked player and reigning world women’s champion.
8, Ng On Yee – World Women’s Snooker No.2 ranked player and 2020 Belgian Women’s Open champion.
9, Nutcharut Wongharuthai – World Women’s Snooker No.3 ranked player, first female player to make a verified maximum break, World Women’s Snooker Championship runner-up 2019.
10, Aaron Hill – European Under-18 Championship winner 2019 & 2020, Shoot Out last 32, WSF Junior Open semi-finalist European Under-21 Championship winner TBC (10-14 March 2020)
11, Cody Turner – Oceania Under-21 Championship Winner
12, Ross Bulman – WST Shoot Out Last 32, German Masters performance beating Barry Hawkins.
13, Wu Yize – WSF Junior Open semi-finalist
All players selected will appear subject to acceptance of their place and any travel restrictions in place. Any replacement players will be selected from a reserve list to include performances at World Snooker Federation and Challenge Tour events.
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Leading female players Reanne Evans and Nutcharut Wongharuthai are among the eight wild cards to be awarded places at the BetVictor Shoot Out to take place in Watford later this month.
The tournament has a unique format with all matches lasting a maximum of ten minutes within a single frame, with a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five.
The world ranking event runs from February 20 to 23 at the Watford Colosseum, with every match televised live on Eurosport.
In all there are 128 players in the field, including 118 professionals, eight wild cards and two from the Q School ranking list.
Evans won the Women’s World Championship for the 12th time last year and is top of the women’s world rankings. The 34-year-old played in the Shoot Out last year as well as the recent Champion of Champions where she ran Shaun Murphy close, losing 4-3.
Wongharuthai, age 20 from Thailand, was runner-up to Evans in last year’s world final and is currently ranked third. She also won the Australian Open last year and is the only female player to make a 147 in a practice match. The Shoot Out will be her first live televised match in the UK.
The other six wild cards selections, based in performance in the World Snooker Federation Open and the Challenge Tour, are:
Ashley Hugill. Age 25 from York. Won the recent World Snooker Federation Open.
Iulian Boiko. Age 14 from Ukraine. Runner-up at the recent World Snooker Federation Open.
Dean Young. Age 18 from Edinburgh. Won a Challenge Tour event this season and a former Scottish Under-21 Champion.
Sean Maddocks. Age 17 from Liverpool. Made a competitive 147 at the age of 15.
Aaron Hill. Age 17 from Cork. European Under-18 Champion in 2019 and a World Snooker Federation Open semi-finalist.
Robbie McGuigan. Age 15 from Antrim. Made his first 147 in practice aged just 13.
Leading pro players in the field will include five-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, who last played in the event in 2015, Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Shaun Murphy, Mark Allen, Stuart Bingham, Jimmy White and Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh who won the title last year.
The random draw will be made soon and announced on wst.tv
Tickets and VIP packages for the tournament are still available, for details: visitwst.tv/tickets
The tournament is the third of four events in the BetVictor European Series, with the leading money winner across the series to earn a bonus of £150,000. Current top two Neil Robertson and Judd Trump have not entered the BetVictor Shoot Out, giving several others a chance to gain ground if they can win the £50,000 top prize and put themselves into contention going in the last event, the BetVictor Gibraltar Open in March.
WST and WPBSA have come together to raise money to support those affected by the coronavirus in China, with a donation of £1,000 for every century break made at this week’s ManBetX Welsh Open.
WST (World Snooker Tour) along with the sport’s governing body the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will send a minimum donation of £50,000 to organisations in China providing medical support to victims of the virus.
Last year there were 81 centuries made at the ManBetX Welsh Open so an equivalent number this time would trigger a donation of £81,000. The tournament in Cardiff features 129 players and runs from Monday to Sunday.
WST Chairman Barry Hearn and WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Our hearts go out to everyone in China affected by the coronavirus, particularly the many friends, colleagues and partners we have there. Through many years of staging tournaments in China we have grown to love the country and forged many successful relationships.
“The current situation is very tough for all of those affected and we must do all we can to support the Chinese people. The message from throughout the snooker community is that we encourage those affected to continue to show courage at this difficult time.”
Chinese players Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo have already made donations.
Dreamworld Snooker and Pool bar in Lekki area of Lagos has been selected by the Snooker and Pool Players Alliance (SPPA) to host the November edition of the Top4 8ball Challenge Series which holds on the 9th November, 2019.
The Top4 8ball Pool Challenge classified as an SPPA Type G event will feature the four highest ranked 8ball Pool players at the end of each month on the SPPA ranking system produced by the Cue Sports Management and Players Ranking System developed by Fiji Telecom System and Technologies.
In a round robin format, the player with the highest number of wins is declared the winner of the series.
The adoption of the Cue Sports Management and Players Ranking by the Snooker and Pool Players Alliance remains a milestone achievement in the efforts to introduce a credible structure into Cue Sports administration and development in Nigeria.
With the successful hosting of the maiden edition in August 2019 which was hosted at the NICON Town Recreational Center, Lekki, the Snooker and Pool Alliance decided to upgrade the event to Type G (ie special event) that will restrict selection to only SPPA registered players register.
The proposed annual Challenge Series will comprise of 48 events with 12 events each for 8ball Pool, 9ball Pool, Blackball Pool and Snooker.
Idada Joachim, president Snooker and Pool Players Alliance said
“The Top4 Challenge series will be the biggest circuit on the SPPA calendar come 2020. It will offer continuous competition for SPPA players and will support our effort for creating a masters category locally.”
He also spoke on the need for the sport to attract sponsorship in order to guarantee sustainability.
“We are currently seeking sponsorship so that the players can be adequately motivated to be at the best and look forward to the possibility of playing on the continental stage”
“We are looking forward to partnering with the relevant governing bodies on the continental stage with a view to hosting some continental events in Nigeria”
Daniel Ebule, Charles Agbezin and Obarho Obutse are currently the highest ranked 8ball Pool player on the SPPA Cue Sport Management and Player Ranking System.
Nicon Town Pool, an affiliate of the Snooker and Pool Players Alliance is organising the Nicon Town Pool Closed Tournament on Saturday, 24th of August 2019 at the Nicon-Town Estate Recreational Centre, Lekki, Lagos.
Nicon Town Pool Closed Tournament, a monthly Type ‘A’ event will be opened to the Top 4 ranked players on the Club Leaders ladder that currently has 45 players.
Type ‘A’ Tournaments is the grassroots platform which offers players the opportunity to be part of the new computer based players ranking structure for Snooker and Pool that is built on the point allotment system running of the new developed Cue Sports Management and Players Ranking System designed by FIJI Telecom System and Technology, a division of FIJI Ventures Limited.
President of the Snooker and Pool Players Alliance Joachim Idada explains why there is an innovation to the Snooker and Pool sports which are part of the cue sports family.
“We are introducing structure to the game in the country from the grassroots for it to be more attractive to the young and old, that is why we have designed a ranking system that will act as the springboard for any aspiring player to become a global brand in the next five years”.
“Nicon Town Pool Closed Tournament will set the ball rolling as we change the face of cue sports in the country through regular match ups which are the products of our players ranking system”
Players on the 10,000 points ranking system are categorised into 8 levels (0, I, II,… and VII) with Level 0 for 0 to 1000 points, Level I for 1000 to 1999 points, Level II for 2000 to 3499 points, Level III for 3500 to 4999 points, Level IV for 5000 to 7000 points, Level V for 7001 to 8499 points, Level VI for 8500 to 10,000 points and Level VII for 10000 above.
The Snooker and Billiard section of Lagos Country Club, Lagos premier recreational centre, her Sponsor and Partners (ASENTV, Cue Games and Perfect Events) are pleased to announce that the 2019 Snooker & Billiards Open Classic will be holding from May 23’u to May 26th, 2019 at the Lagos Country Club.
The N250, 000 prize fund event is a follow up to the successfully hosted 1s Femi Robinson Open Snooker Classic that took place from 2nd to 4th November 2018 at the Lagos Country Club.
This classic holding 23’d to May 26th aims at maintaining the gains and benefits of organising an open event that brings together the very best in the sport which will stimulate growth and interest thereby promoting the sports in Nigeria in line with the vision of the Club.
“The development of the game of Snooker and Billiards is very paramount for uS at Lagos Country Club Snooker / Billiards Section and that is why as a follow up to the Femi Robinson Open Classics, we have come up with another Open tagged “Balls Sticks and Holes”.
I would like to encourage players to come out in large numbers to support the sport. Our goal is to be able to produce a representative to play in an African open in the nearest future.
Looking forward to an exciting tournament” says Wole Robinsons, Chairman Snooker / Billiards Section Lagos Country Club lkeja.
The event is opened to both Snooker and Pool players who are interested in testing their shooting skills in snooker. The tournament would feature 32 players vying for Total Prize money of N250K and lots of Gifts ltems.
Amongst the top snooker players expected at the event are Wole Akintola, Olufemi Akinlade, Victor Ukueku, Waliu Nojeem (winner of the 1st Femi Robinson Open Snooker Classic) and many others.
Meanwhile, the English lnstitute of Sport in Sheffield is staging the qualifying rounds of snooker’s 2019 Betfred World ChampionshiP. The qualifying eventwhich started on the 1Oth ended on 17th April 2019, with all players ranked outside the world’s top 16 in action. 128 players are participating in the event; each needing to win three matches to earn a coveted spot at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The final stages then run from 20th April to May 6th .