The 2020 Betfred World Snooker Championship has been postponed until further notice due to the COVID 19 outbreak.
Snooker’s Blue Ribbon event watched by so many across the globe may be played in July/August depending on TV schedules.
The event, held at the Crucible Theatre in April/May, since 1977, follows after the Qualifiers held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield where 16 players qualify and get to play the top 16 at the iconic venue. .
In a statement by WST, it read: “WST intends to host the final stages at the Crucible on rescheduled dates in July or August. This will be preceded by the qualifying rounds. We are awaiting feedback from the BBC and our other principal broadcasters before dates are confirmed and we hope to make a further announcement in the coming days.”
Snooker Big Boss Barry Hearn said: “These are tough times for everyone but we are determined to get through it. Fans around the world – as well as the 144 players involved – are anxious to know if and when the World Championship will go ahead. I can assure everyone that we are doing all we can alongside our broadcasters, the venues and other partners to confirm new dates as soon as possible.
“Snooker players are self-employed, they need opportunities to earn prize money so we have a responsibility to them. We are currently exploring the potential to stage tournaments behind closed doors to keep the circuit alive, with more details to follow next week.
“Live televised coverage of the biggest sporting events can be an inspiration to people around the world in these challenging times so it is important that we strive to find solutions for our tournaments.”
Current ticket holders will have their tickets transferred for the specified dates to be arranged, not yet announced, or can receive a refund.