International Championship 2016 – Prelude

The International Championship 2016 will start tomorrow morning (in the very early hours for us in Europe) and, as usual in China, the players were made very welcome, with goodies and a “red carpet” ceremony, only this time it was indoors – it’s snowing in Daqing – and it seems the carpet, if any, wasn’t red …

Anyway, Ronnie duly arrived in Daqing and was “paired” with Ding for the ceremony.

Here are a few pictures of the ceremony posted on Weibo:

and a video shared by Worldsnooker on social media

Ronnie also met the local media (picture: Worldsnooker on twitter)


and a glimpse at the goodies, thanks to David Grace on Twitter:


Daqing is close to the northern border of China and is well-known to scientists for its mammoths. Not sure they played snooker though … but it’s a cute mascot.

The tournament starts tomorrow, and Ronnie’s first match, against the dangerous Xiao Guodong, is scheduled on Monday evening ( midday in Europe).