Snooker players Daniel Wells and Gary Wilson have tested positive for Covid-19 at the BetVictor European Masters in Milton Keynes and have withdrawn from the event.
Elliot Slessor and David Lilley came into contact with Wilson on Monday, while Michael White came into contact with Wells. Slessor, Lilley and White have also been withdrawn from the event by WST.
Both Wells and Wilson arrived at the venue on Monday and were tested. The positive results were received on Tuesday morning. All other players and officials tested at the event so far have had negative results.
The opponents of the four players to withdraw will receive a bye to the second round. Lilley would have played David Gilbert, Slessor would have faced James Cahill, Wells would have played Ronnie O’Sullivan, Wilson was due to meet Duane Jones and White was due to play Mark Selby..
Wells, Wilson, Slessor, Lilley and White will now undergo a period of self isolation and will receive the support of WST.
Since WST events restarted in June, strict Covid-19 regulations have been followed, under UK Government guidance.
I wouldn’t say that Elliott Slessor withdrew, more like he was forcibly “withdrawn” judging by his reaction on Facebook. He’s absolutely fuming. But WST has to be carefull. After just one day the test could still come negative even if he was infected.
Update: see parts in red and note the change in wording regarding the “contact” players: It’s now indicated that they have been withdrawn, as previewsly it was said that they had withdrawn.
And all this just shows how right Anthony Hamilton was to withdraw last week, with no tests. I sincerely hope that they will now change their mind and test players next week as well.