WST now posted this less than three hours before action was supposed to start, and after this statement issued only yesterday evening.
WST and ITV Sport have taken the decision to postpone this week’s Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
The event was due to run from Tuesday to Sunday this week, televised by ITV4.
Following Monday’s announcement from the UK government that public are advised to avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues, we have liaised with ITV Sport and come to the decision to postpone the event, with new provisional dates of July 21st to 26th this year at the same venue.
We appreciate this is very short notice and a disappointment for the fans and the television audience, however the assessment could only be made at short notice after yesterday’s announcement from the government which came at 5pm.
The box office at Venue Cymru in Llandudno will contact ticket holders . Those tickets will be transferred automatically to the rescheduled dates. Fans who are unable to attend in July can contact the box office after April 1st for a refund.
Announcements on future events including the World Championship will be made in due course, with all scenarios to be considered depending on further government advice.
There you have it… It is extremely doubtful that the situation will be any better in three weeks, so be prepared for the World Championship to be either postponed or cancelled.
This event, with only eight players is relatively easy to postpone. The World Championship and it’s qualifiers are a completely different challenge altogether.
Barry Hearn decided to “wait for the UK government advice” instead of doing what so many other sports have, listen to the WHO, look at what nearly every other country was doing and act immediately. What happens now regarding covid-19 was entirely previsible and inevitable. Putting fans and players in this position was completely evitable. Refunding tickets won’t refund the fans their travel costs and hotels … hopefully WST does something for the players who are already there.
Yesterday Neil Robertson on twitter complained that he hadn’t been told by WST that the event was to go ahead without audience, even after the decision was made. He must be even happier right now! He surely is in Landudno already, he was due to play at 1 pm local time. As must be Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy who must have traveled from Northern Ireland and Ireland respectively.