Snooker to be First Sport Back in Britain

The first elite sport to take place in Britain as it emerges from lockdown appears set to be Snooker.

Matchroom Sport has been promoting the Championship Snooker League running a ten-day, 64 player tournament at the Marshall Arena venue in Milton Keynes with all players staying on-site and adopting strict rules relating to social distancing.

Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan are among those lined up to appear in the tournament set to run between June 1st and 11th and to be televised live on ITV.

“We will be the first major sport to get back to live televised action,” said Matchroom Chairman Barry Hearn.

“That’s not by chance, it’s because of the hard work and preparation we have done during the lockdown to make sure we are ready to get going again as soon as it is legal.”

“Liaising with government advisors, we have prepared highly detailed health and safety documents which will be followed to the letter during the tournament. These measures surpass any others made in any other professional sport right now.”

“In particular, procedures are being put in place for testing players, staff and contractors, which ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep the event safe. Players who have any doubts about their own welfare can rest assured that all precautions are being taken.”

“I am confident that there is no other major sport which can meet health and safety criteria on isolation and social distancing as stringently as snooker can, so we are able to return more quickly than others.”

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