The World Snooker Tour hailed the “momentous announcement” of three tournaments in China this 12 months, together with one in Wuhan, as the return of worldwide sport to the nation gathers tempo.
Nearly all worldwide sports activities occasions had been cancelled in China after Covid emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, and they’re solely simply returning after journey curbs had been lifted.
The World Snooker Tour will stage the primary skilled snooker match in mainland China in 4 years with the showpiece Shanghai Masters on September 11-17, the WST mentioned.
That might be adopted by the Wuhan Open on October 9-15 and the Worldwide Championship in November at a Chinese language metropolis but to be confirmed.
Complete prize cash for 3 occasions mixed might be greater than £2 million ($2.5 million).
“This is a momentous announcement for our sport as we ramp up our return to staging events in Asia,” mentioned WST chairman Steve Dawson.
“All through the pandemic we now have maintained dialogue and relationships with the Chinese language Billiards and Snooker Affiliation as effectively as our key companions and promoters throughout China.
“This has allowed us to make a fast return to staging key events now that travel restrictions have lifted.”
In a nod to snooker’s recognition within the world’s most populous nation, Dawson added: “We will continue to explore opportunities to stage further events in China and beyond.”