The World Snooker Tour has confirmed its second tournament postponement amid the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
The 2020 Tour Championship will no longer be taking place this week, making it the second event on the sport’s calendar following the China Open to bite the dust.
A statement from the WST read on Tuesday: “WST and ITV Sport have taken the decision to postpone this week’s Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.”
“The event was due to run from Tuesday to Sunday this week, televised by ITV4.
“Following Monday’s announcement from the UK government that public are advised to avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues, we have liaised with ITV Sport and come to the decision to postpone the event, with new provisional dates of July 21st to 26th this year at the same venue.
“We appreciate this is very short notice and a disappointment for the fans and the television audience, however the assessment could only be made at short notice after yesterday’s announcement from the government which came at 5pm.
“The box office at Venue Cymru in Llandudno will contact ticket holders . Those tickets will be transferred automatically to the rescheduled dates. Fans who are unable to attend in July can contact the box office after April 1st for a refund.
“Announcements on future events including the World Championship will be made in due course, with all scenarios to be considered depending on further government advice.”
The 2020 Tour Championship was due to begin in a few hours time with the top eight players on the one-year rankings list involved.