Snooker will become the first professional sport to return to Britain with the resumption on June 1

Snooker will become the first professional sport to return to Britain with an 11-day free-to-air TV tournament starting June 1.

Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson are among those who have confirmed their participation in the Championship League Snooker, which will see 64 of the world’s best players fight for a £ 30,000 top prize at Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

All players, staff and contractors must return a negative coronavirus test before entering the site, which has been selected as there is accommodation on site.

Players and referees will be advised to keep two meters from each other whenever possible, while they should use hand sanitizer before matches and refrain from shaking hands during the tournament , which will air on ITV4.

“Players who have doubts about their own well-being can rest assured that all precautions are being taken,” said Barry Hearn, President of the World Snooker Tour.

“I am convinced that there is no other major sport that can meet the health and safety criteria on isolation and social distancing as rigorously as snooker, so we are able to come back sooner. than the others.”

ITV’s snooker coverage will be coordinated remotely, with presenter Jill Douglas and other onscreen experts operating from their homes, while commentators David Hendon, Phil Yates and Dominic Dale will cover the event from the venue. .

Horse racing is also planning to resume the action with a closed-door meeting in Newcastle on June 1, which begins hours after the start of the Championship League Snooker.

“During the difficult times of the past few weeks, we have looked at the opportunities that still exist and worked tirelessly towards the goal of relaunching our tour,” said Hearn. “While most other sports stay on the sidelines, we’re set to come back from June 1. It sends a message to the sports world that snooker is at the forefront of innovation.

“We will be the first major sport to return to live television action. It is no coincidence, it is because of the hard work and preparation we put in during the lockdown.”

The World Snooker Championship has been rescheduled to run from July 31 to August 16 at his usual home at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield.

Sara R. Cicero