As the 2022 Betfred World Championship rolls into its second week at The Crucible in Sheffield this week, 14 players so far have been confirmed to be fully-fledged professionals for the 2022/23/24 seasons.
- WSF Open Champion: Si Jiahui (CHN)
- WSF Junior Champion: Anton Kazakov (UKR)
- EBSA European Champion: Oliver Brown (ENG)
- EBSA European Under-21 Champion: Dylan Emery (WAL)
- APBSF Asia Pacific Qualifier: Ryan Thomerson (AUS)
- PABSA Americas Qualifier: Victor Sarkis (BRA)
- ABSC Africas Qualifier:
CBSA China Tour
World Women’s Snooker Qualifiers
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After The Crucible, there will be the usual QSchool qualifiying, which is into its 12th consecutive year, with 12 players to graduate onto the main circuit.
Thailand to host first-ever International QSchool Event in Bangkok…
The UK Q-School qualifiers will be held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from May 16th to June 5th (subject to the number of entries) with an entry fee of £1,000.
There will also be an Asia/Oceana QSchool qualifying event hosted in Bangkok. Four players from that will come through to earn tour cards for the next two seasons.
World Snooker Tour Chairman Steve Dawson said: “This is a very significant moment in terms of providing opportunities for the best talent in key growth regions to qualify for the elite World Snooker Tour.
“Q School has been running since 2011 but for the first time now we are staging a Q School event in Asia. Snooker is not a UK sport, it is a completely inclusive sport which belongs to the world, and it is so important to provide development pathways for all young players.
Mr. Suntorn Jarumon, President of Billiard Sports Association of Thailand, said he was absolutely delighted that WST and WPBSA had been the opportunity to be the host country for this first-ever Asia-Oceania Q School Event.
He added: “This will enhance the chance of young players in these regions to earn the spots for the main tour without having to travel all the way to UK and can also save a lot of expenses in doing so. I strongly encourage players who have always dreamed of becoming professional to take this golden opportunity to earn their tour card right here in Thailand for the next two seasons. We will be looking forward to seeing you soon.”