The match schedule for the final stages of the Betfred World Championship at the Crucible Theatre is now available.
Judd Trump will start his title defence on the opening day of the tournament, Friday July 31st. He’ll begin his first round match, against one of the 16 qualifiers, in the opening session at 10am, and they will play to a finish in the evening session from 7pm.
Other top 16 stars in action on day one are Stuart Bingham, Kyren Wilson, Ding Junhui and Mark Williams.
Five time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan enters the fray on the afternoon of Sunday August 2nd and plays to a finish the following morning.
The random draw which pits the top 16 seeds against the 16 qualifiers will take place at 11am on Wednesday July 29th. Details on how to watch it live will be announced soon.
World Snooker Championship will have a crowd as Government announces test events for live audience return
The 2020 World Snooker Championship has been announced as a test event as part of the Government’s plan to ease live audiences back into sport.
Along with Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival and two County Championship cricket matches, the events will test how feasible ‘stage five’ of the plans for crowds to return are.
The number of spectators that will be allowed into the Crucible has not yet been confirmed, but it will be significantly less than the capacity of around 1,000. The main event of the WST calendar gets underway on 31 July, with the final coming to a conclusion on 16 August in Sheffield.
Well, in my opinion, this is completely irresponsible, or worse … Cricket and horse racing are outdoors sports, Snooker is played indoors and the Crucible is a very intimate venue. Add to it that Sheffield is currently one of the hardest hit areas in Britain. But, of course, Barry Hearn wants it this way, and the sponsor of the championship is one of the donors to the current party in power in the UK… Surely tha’s just a coincidence as it’s a coincidence that those three are sports that are of high interest to the betting industry. Of course people won’t die on the spot, so if some – or even many – die 2 or 3 weeks later, who cares? Not those with financial interest in the event, surely, and it won’t make the headlines in the press either.
BTW, two days ago, I got an email from the Crucible that there will definitely be NO crowd at the WSS (Seniors Snooker) World Championship, a snooker event held AFTER the main tour Championship. Anyne has an logical explanation? Other than the financial interests at stake aren’t important enough, and the moral compass isn’t low enough to risk peoples’ lives?
Fuming Ronnie O’Sullivan threatens to PULL OUT of the World Championship and forgo potential £555,000 prize if they go ahead with ‘insane’ plan to let fans in on July 31 as one of the UK’s first spectator trials
Ronnie O’Sullivan has warned he will pull out of the World Championship should crowds be allowed inside the venue.
The 17-day event begins at the Crucible in Sheffield later this month, and plans to let spectators attend.
It has been named as one of three pilot test events for the reintroduction of crowds for sport, with Glorious Goodwood race meet and a county cricket clash at The Oval.
But given the current situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak ‘The Rocket’ has questioned the wisdom of such a move, and would even be willing to forego the potential £550,000 prize money that would come with winning the tournament.
‘The Rocket’ has labelled discussions on allowing fans of the sport back in as ‘insane’
‘I don’t think there should be any crowds in an indoor area until at least 2021 and, to me, it seems insane that we are even talking about it.’
Organisers of the event are not the only people in the sport O’Sullivan is struggling to see eye to eye with at the moment.
Peter Ebdon has spoken about his belief that masks are of no use, but it is a stance that the 44-year-old cannot get on board with.
‘I just think it is obvious that is something we have to do in certain situations, to protect other people and lessen the risk,’ he added.
I would be extremely disappointed if Ronnie wasn’t at the Crucible, and it would make the coming season extremely difficult for him as he had a relatively poor season this year, and will have a lot of points to defend next season. But he is absolutely right. This should not be on.