For the first time…the Kingdom hosts the World Billiards and Masters Snooker Championships

For the first time…the Kingdom hosts the World Billiards and Masters Snooker Championships

Al Jazeera – Saad Al-Musabeh

The Ministry of Sports announced that the Kingdom will host two rounds of the World Billiards Championship and the Masters Snooker Championship, starting from the current year 2024 and for a period of ten years, with the participation of an elite group of international players, organized by the Saudi Billiards and Snooker Federation, and under the supervision of the Ministry of Sports.

Under the agreement signed by the President of the Saudi Billiards and Snooker Federation, Dr. Nasser bin Saab Al-Shammari, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Match Room Sport, Mr. Eddie Hearn, the Kingdom will host the World Billiards Championship (9-ball) from 3 to 8 June 2024, in the Green Sports Halls in Jeddah, with a total of A record $600,000 prize pool is contested by elite pool players including world champion Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, five-time US Open champion and 2022 world champion Shane Van Boening, and 2018 world champion Joshua Feller.

While the Saudi version of the Masters Snooker Championship will be held during the period from August 31 to September 7 in the city of Riyadh, with the participation of the game’s professionals from the world, where it will officially become the “fourth major tournament,” by offering prizes amounting to 2 million pounds sterling, making it the second most expensive event in terms of prizes. On the 2024 World Snooker Tour schedule.

The Saudi Masters Snooker Championship is scheduled to be a global event open to participation by all 128 players, in addition to six professionals from the Saudi Billiards and Snooker Federation.

On this occasion, His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said in a press statement: “We are pleased to receive two new sporting events, to join a number of international championships that the Kingdom hosts on its lands, and has made it a home for all sports and athletes in various fields.” The Games, with the generous support of our wise leadership – may God protect them -, which has prepared the sports sector with everything that will enable it to develop and reach the highest levels to contribute to the renaissance and prosperity of this great nation.”

His Highness continued: “The sports sector is moving with a clear strategy towards achieving the goals of Saudi Vision 2030, and contributing to building a great future for the nation, through the sports industry, and participating in strengthening and developing its economy – God willing – and perhaps one of the most prominent files that contribute to this is hosting events.” major in various sports.

Hosting these two events is part of a package of sporting events hosted by the Kingdom. In order to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030, which directly contributed to making it a preferred destination for all athletes.


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