Saudi Arabia hosts the World Billiards and Masters Snooker Championships for the first time

Saudi Arabia hosts the World Billiards and Masters Snooker Championships for the first time


The Ministry of Sports announced that Saudi Arabia will host two rounds of the World Billiards Championship and the Masters Snooker Championship, starting in 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 Dr. Nasser Al-Shammari, President of the Saudi Billiards and Snooker Federation, and Eddie Hearn, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Match Room Sport, Saudi Arabia will host the World Billiards Championship (9-ball) from June 3 to 8, 2024, in the Green Sports Halls in Jeddah, with a record total of prizes. , amounting to $600,000, is competed for by elite billiard 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 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 two million pounds sterling, making it the second most expensive event in terms of prizes on the schedule. World Snooker Tour 2024.
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.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said: “We are pleased to welcome two new sporting events, to join a number of world championships that Saudi Arabia hosts on its soil, and has made it a home for all sports and athletes in various games.”
He added that 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 country, 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 major events in… Various sports.

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