Anthony Hamilton withdraws from the 2020 CLS after learning that players are not tested

This was revealed yesterday, late evening, by Hector Nunns who spoke to Anthony

COVID BLAST

Anthony Hamilton pulls out of snooker opening event over virus testing concerns

ANTHONY HAMILTON has blasted snooker bosses for their inconsistency over tournament Covid-19 testing.

The Sheriff of Pottingham controversially withdrew from the World Snooker Championship over health and safety concerns following Crucible plans to have limited crowds.

Anthony Hamilton
Anthony Hamilton decided not to play the World Championships because there was supposed to be limited crowds – Credit: Getty Images – Getty

He has now pulled out of his group matches on Sunday in the season-opening Championship League in Milton Keynes.

The 49-year-old has shielded over the summer with asthma and is angry players are not being tested in the behind-closed-doors event – unlike at next week’s European Masters.

The world No.40 – who has been replaced by Daniel Womersley – said: “The reason for withdrawing from the Championship League was the lack of Covid-19 testing. Pure and simple.

“With my position with asthma and other things, the lack of testing made it too dangerous to play.

So that’s why the referees have to wear masks then…

Temperature checks won’t help detecting a case of asymptomatic infection, or a very recent one, so the risk is real. I can’t blame Anthony and others may think twice too.

It’s a very difficult situation for everyone. The severe shortage of tests in the UK is very likely the reason for this decision (and the underlying UK govt relaxed guidance). Snooker players are self-employed and they need to eat and pay their bills. WST, and in this case, Matchroom as well are trying to offer them the opportunity to do so. Everyone is trying their best surely. I just hope that nobody will get infected and ill.

3 thoughts on “Anthony Hamilton withdraws from the 2020 CLS after learning that players are not tested

    • With the no crowd and the additional costs associated to the sanitary measures I doubt that they make huge profits. But they almost certainly want to keep their sponsors and broadcasters happy.

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