Tuesday, May 22, 2007

China to Host Two World Ranking Events

It was announced today, by World Snooker, that China will host two world ranking events next season. The first event (and a new event to the calendar) will be the season opener running from 6th-12th August.

The new tournament will be known as the Shanghai Masters and will be underwritten by the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association. The contract that has been signed between the WSA and the CBSA means that these two tournaments are secured for the next five years.

The second ranking event will be the China Open in March where Graeme Dott will look to defend his title.

Personally I think this is a great move for World Snooker and further illustrates the rapid growth that snooker has had in China over the last 5 years. Any edition to the ranking calendar is good for the development of the game both at home and abroad.

My one concern (in terms of Chinese players) is that the qualifiers for the event will be held in Prestatyn, meaning 8 Chinese Wild cards. I think it is perhaps time to move the qualifiers to the nation of the event.

Read the full press release here

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