2022 Asia-Oceania Q-School Event 1 – useful infos

The first ever Asia-Oceania Q-School has started today in Bangkog.

The official site where you will find the players, the draw, the results and more is here

As scores are updated manually on the official site, they are not always up-to-date. However the organising team in THailand provides more up-to-date scores here

The Billiards Sports Association of Thailand has  a site  and a facebook page. They have already posted a lot of pictures there…

Some matches are streamed on the facebook page and, frankly, the quality of the stream was quite good when I watched it. Even on my big screen TV the image was sharp, and there was no lag. The commentary of course is in Thailandese.

The conditions looked slow and humid, as you would expect in Thailand, but otherwise quite good.

Unfortunately, Luo Honghao didn’t make it to the tournament. He had visa issues. Normally Chinese nationals can ask. and are granted a on-arrival visa at the custom in Thailand, but with Covid again a serious issue in China, Luo needed a special “sports visa”.  Going by what he posted on Chinese social media, this visa wasn’t granted and he’s unlikely to apply for another one in order to be able to play in the second event. The reasons for the refusal weren’t mentioned. It’s a big, big shame really.

As usual, snooker.org is following the action






One thought on “2022 Asia-Oceania Q-School Event 1 – useful infos

  1. The Luo Honghao VISA denial is extremely embarrassing for the tournament organisers. It raises questions whether Thailand should hold this event again, despite the otherwise excellent organisation. Luo would have been a strong favourite to qualify. His absence increases the likelihood that one of the Thai players will benefit instead. It looks very bad.

    It is also a huge setback for the player himself, who had based himself in Yushan, working at the new academy under one of the best technical coaches in the world, Roger Leighton. One year off tour is recoverable, two years might be too much. There are no tournaments in China for him to keep his sharpness, and he doesn’t qualify for any Q Tour events so can’t play in the UK. He has other opportunities outside snooker and he may decide he needs to get on with his life. Another wasted talent.

    We will see what happens in Bangkok, which players emerge, and how they perform when they arrive on the professional tour (if they do). Q School matters: it’s not just another tournament. It determines career chances. If the wrong players get tour cards, it’s for 2 seasons, whilst those that miss out may never recover. Q School cannot afford to be messed up with a half-baked scheme, lacking lead-in time for proper planning.

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