The Indian Open 2020 postponed…

This is Worldsnooker announcement:

World Snooker has announced that the Indian Open world ranking event has been postponed.

The tournament was due to take place from March 24 to 28, 2020. We have worked closely with our partners in India to try to find a suitable host city for the event, but without success.

We continue to believe that there is great potential for snooker to grow in India, and it is our intention that this tournament will return to the calendar during the 2020/21 season.

For fans in the region there are still many opportunities to watch live snooker online, as this season – for the first time – many of snooker’s biggest events are broadcast free on Facebook Live throughout India and Pakistan.

The Indian Open was first staged in 2013, won by Ding Junhui. The title subsequently went to Michael White in 2015, Anthony McGill in 2016, John Higgins in 2017 and Matthew Selt in 2019.

This event and the qualifying dates of February 17-19 have been removed from the calendar

TBH, personally I’m not seeing the potential in India, despite snooker being born in the country … but hey, what do I know?

2 thoughts on “The Indian Open 2020 postponed…

  1. There are many good players in India. Unfortunately their best player Pankaj Advani has not been able to fully commit to snooker, and Adi Mehta has had health problems. If they could produce a player of the stature of a Wattana or Ding, then it could be massive. Also, India is a big growth area economically. I think it would be great to grow snooker there, but unfortunately the time doesn’t appear to be right.

    • There have been issues with nearly every event there in recent years. It’s a big country, with a complex structure and, indeed, I’m not sure that they are ready.

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