Hello everyone, it has been a while…
Some wonder when will the season start again 🤷🏼♀️?
Good news, 1st of June we’re back on the table. a new format of the Champions league is out!
Luca is planned on 2nd of June and faces Jack Lisowski, Robbie Williams and Oliver Lines in his group.
The only issue: how to get there 😰
Worldsnooker is arranging an exception to enter the UK for snooker players only 🤞🏼
The bold highlight has been zadded by me.
Here is a translation of the linked article (originally in Dutch)
With or without Luca Brecel? Snooker season resumes in early June
SNOOKER After a months-long interruption due to the corona pandemic, the snooker season will resume in early June. With or without Luca Brecel (25)? He does not know at this time whether he is allowed to enter England.
From Monday 1 to Thursday 11 June, the Championship League will take place in a new format and behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. That location was chosen because there is the possibility to accommodate everyone. Players, staff and officials will not be allowed to leave the complex. All 128 professional players received an invitation on the bus, the 64 highest ranked players who accept the invitation are admitted. This is on condition that they take a negative coronavirus test. Top players such as world champion Judd Trump (WS-1), Neil Robertson (WS-2), Mark Allen (WS-5) and Kyren Wilson (WS-8) have already committed.
In the first phase, from June 1 to 8, sixteen groups of four will be played. The sixteen group winners will play in groups of four on June 9 and 10, of which the four group winners will compete in the final group on June 11. All games are about four frames. For each participant there is at least £ 1,000 (1,100 euros) in prize money, the tournament winner will raise £ 30,000 (33,500 euros).
Luca Brecel (WS-37) also received an invitation. He is itching to get back to it, but a number of practical problems arise. “We do not currently know whether we are allowed entering England,” said father Carlo Brecel. Are the borders open? Do we get there by car via Calais? Can we fly from the Netherlands? And what happens on arrival in the UK? Should we then be quarantined?”
More questions than answers at the moment for the Brecel family. “We are waiting for further instructions from World Snooker, hopefully there will be more clarity after the weekend.” Just last week, the British government put a plan on the table that would require everyone to be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival in the UK. In addition, no exceptions would be made for professional athletes. Snooker is said to be the first major sport in England to return to live television since the outbreak of the corona crisis. .