LONDON          –               Snooker’s world championship has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Snooker Tour (WST) introduced on Friday. The match was scheduled to be performed from April 18 to Could four on the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The WST stated it was aiming to stage the occasion in July or August as a substitute. On Tuesday, the Tour Championship in Wales, scheduled to happen this week, was postponed till July 21-26. WST chairman Barry Hearn stated in a press release on Friday: “These are tough times for everyone but we are determined to get through it. “I can assure everyone that we are doing all we can alongside our broadcasters, the venues and other partners to confirm new dates as soon as possible,” he added.

“Snooker players are self-employed, they need opportunities to earn prize money so we have a responsibility to them. We are currently exploring the potential to stage tournaments behind closed doors to keep the circuit alive.”