World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan admits he was devastated. The UK Championship won’t take place in his favorite city of York later this month due to the global health pandemic.
Due to the UK government’s strict health guidelines, the 2020/21 season was shifted to temporary operation at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes with players having to check Covid-19 regularly at events.
This year’s UK Betway Championship will be held for the first time at Milton Keynes, according to Covid-19 Government regulation, the World Snooker Tour tournament organizer said in a statement Wednesday.
One of the snooker’s most prestigious events and part of the Triple Crown Series, the tournament has been held in the York Barbican since 2011. But in this year, all rounds will take place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes , which runs from November 23 to December 6.
O’Sullivan lifted his sixth world title in Sheffield in August with just a few hundred fans acknowledged at the Crucible for the final two days, but says playing every tournament behind closed doors at A town isn’t ideal for this sport.
The seven-time UK champion wants to compete at the KT Entertainment Center in Crawley – where he was rated for the smell of urine at the 2018 English Open – rather than being forced to go to every tournament at Milton Keynes.
O’Sullivan, who becomes the winner of a ranking event at the age of 17, said: “It is, but at some point you want fans to come back because there are no fans. . Hendry 10-6 in the 1993 UK final. Listen, you feed them sometimes and it’s nice to be out in front of the crowd”
“It’s a pity we don’t go back to York. I was devastated by that is my favorite city across the country, even worldwide, number two in the world told Eurosport.”
“Not to go there and return to Milton Keynes – it is as difficult in many ways as you have to keep going to Milton Keynes.
We were very disappointed not to come to York Barbican for this year’s Betway UK Championship because it is such a great location in a great city, Hearn said. Yorkers can rest assured that we fully intend to return to York next year and in fact, we have agreed on the dates for 2021 and 2022 with the location.”
“After extensive consultation with the UK Government and relevant public health authorities, the decision to rank all the matches at Milton Keynes this time has been taken. It’s an ideal location, we’re working with a special team there and we’ve demonstrated over the past few months that we can host major tournaments there, with 128 participation. players, safely and successfully.”
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