Why Not More Snooker in London?…

Why Not More Snooker in London?…

ALTHOUGH the World Snooker Championships are currently being played in Sheffield, there’s been much debate about whether snooker will remain at The Crucible in the years to come.

Will it, won’t it?

What about moving the World Championships to London? The Alexandra Palace seems to be a perfect venue (or could be to host snooker’s Blue Riband event. It currently is the venue for The Masters.

Why not shift the event around the UK and wider Europe?

Maybe The Crucible could be used as the venue for The Masters?

In two years’ time, London is preparing for yet another celebration of sport in 2026.

The Centenera of the ITTTF World Table Tennis Team Championships will be London bound in two years’ time as yet another example of how sport can bring people together for the common good of not just competition, but togetherness and community.

The London 2012 Olympics was a great success in hosting the good in the UK and in London, as is Sheffield, which is the Home of Snooker in the UK presently, and every year fans who can get a ticket pilgrimage to the City to see the stars of snooker.

The superstars (of table tennis) of the world’s game will thrill thousands of spectators at OVO Arena, Wembley from 1 – 10 May 2026 as the Championships returns to the birthplace city of the ITTF and the World Championships 100 years ago.

The OVO at Wembley London’s 12,500-seat facility is London’s second-largest indoor arena after The O2 Arena, and the ninth-largest in the United Kingdom.

Compare that to The Crucible’s modest 980 capacity seating considering it’s a World Championship…

With 30,000-plus spectators expected at the biggest table tennis event in England for a generation, you can make sure you are among the first to hear about further updates, including ticket releases, by registering your interest here.

According to stats, over 300 thousand people participated in table tennis between 2016 – 2022, and it rose to 68% in 2022.

The 2024 World Team Table Tennis Championships were held in BusanSouth Korea from 16 to 25 February 2024.[2] Quarterfinalists of the event qualified for the 2024 Summer Olympics.[3][

The Chinese team scooped the Gold in Busan.

Confidence in the growing sport of Table Tennis has been built up since 2020 when the sport was awarded mega monies through UK Sport.

The ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships Finals 2026 will be supported by UK Sport and the Greater London Authority.

Here’s a throwback to what funding was awarded via the Table Tennis Scotland website…

British table tennis has been awarded £1.35 million UK Sport funding through to the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

The Progression Funding Award is to Table Tennis England to administer on behalf of British table tennis.

It covers the performance pathway rather than any particular individuals, although an element of the award is to be used to help support the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic journey, including men’s and women’s singles qualifying events in the new year.

The details of how the funding will be used will be finalised in the new year.

The award is part of a total £352 million investment in Olympic and Paralympic sports by UK Sport. The agency is funding an increased number of 43 sports through to the end of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic cycle.

British Para Table Tennis (BPTT) was awarded just over £3.7 million to support its performance team through to Paris 2024, an increase of just under £1 million on its award for the Tokyo cycle.

As well as the Progression Funding, Table Tennis England and UK Sport will hold further discussions about potential additional support for individual athletes through to 2024.

Table tennis was funded as a host nation sport for the London 2012 cycle, but was unfunded through the Rio 2016 cycle. In 2018, a £275,000 Aspiration Fund award was made to support players with a genuine qualification opportunity for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Richard Yule, Chief Operating Officer of Table Tennis Scotland, said:

“We’re delighted to see table tennis back under the umbrella of four-year funding.

“This will allow us to continue the positive relationships we have with the other Home Nations to support our integrated talent pathway and secure a brighter future for British table tennis.”

 

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!