Coronavirus sees Snooker loopy chiefs cancel Tour Championship at 11th hour

March 17, 2020
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The World Snooker Tour have taken the decision to suspend the Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc.

Most sports have now cancelled all events in the UK.

But until this morning, spectators were expected to pile into the Venue Cymru to watch the likes of Judd Trump work their magic.

The event was due to begin at 2pm today but has now been postponed until later in the year.

In a statement on the World Snooker Tour website, fans were told: "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 21 st to 26 th 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."

WST chairman Barry Hearn explained on Monday that he planned to keep snooker and darts events on for as long as possible due to a responsibility to the players, who still need to earn money.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech last night has prompted a rethink.

The Conservative leader urged the public to avoid unnecessary travel and social contact with others.

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