World Snooker Championship moved due to coronavirus crisis to end of July


The World Snooker Championship has been rescheduled with the tournament now set to get underway on July 31.

The tournament had been due to begin on April 18 however was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And while there are no guarantees that fans will be able to attend the rescheduled event, the Championship will still take place this year.

It means Judd Trump will be able to defend his trophy at the Crucible at the peak of summer with the final set to be contested over the weekend of August 15-16.

The World Snooker Tour have, however, made it clear that even the new dates are subject to prevailing government advice at the time.



WST chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to confirm new dates for this huge global sporting event which has an international television audience of 500 million people.

“The world is going through a very challenging period but live sport can be a massive inspiration for the public and can boost morale.

“This gives fans of top class sport something on their calendar to look ahead to and enjoy for 17 days.



Judd Trump won last year’s tournament, defeating John Higgins in the final

“It is crucial for our 128 tour players to know that we are doing everything we can to get our circuit going again as soon as it is considered safe to do so by the government.

“The players are self-employed and they need opportunities to earn, while we keep the health and safety of everyone involved in an event of this scale as a priority.

“Our sincere hope is that we are able to play the tournament with a full crowd as usual.

“This event means so much to the fans who have a golden ticket for the Crucible experience, and to the people of Sheffield.

“The players will desperately want to compete in the atmosphere that only a packed Crucible can generate.

“However if that is not possible then we will give careful consideration to each scenario.”

The tournament will remain on the BBC with the winner receiving £500,000 in prize money.

Tickets for the tournament will automatically be transferred to the new dates with a refunds policy set to be announced separately.





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