World Seniors Snooker WSS today announce that the 2020 ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Championship will once again be held at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre from 19-22 August
This year our very own RIBSA players Michael Judge from Dublin and Rodney Goggins from Wexford will battle it out to lift the trophy at the home of snooker against some of the biggest legends of the sports including the ever-popular ‘People’s Champion’ Jimmy White, ‘King of the Crucible’ Stephen Hendry and the 1997 World champion Ken Doherty to name a few.
The event will be held behind closed doors with no tickets available for spectators due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time the tournament will be broadcast live on BBC digital platforms with selected matches available on the ‘Red Button.’ Coverage in China will be shown on major digital TV platforms and across the USA via the Matchroom.live
FULL CRUCIBLE LINE-UP
An international field of 16 players will be led by defending champion Jimmy White, who will be joined by seven-time world professional champion Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty and reigning UK Seniors champion Michael Judge as the four seeded players.
The remaining 12 players will be randomly placed in the draw, including former world champions Dennis Taylor and Joe Johnson, as well as former top 10 duo Tony Knowles and Tony Drago. Also set to compete at the Crucible are former World Seniors Snooker champions Peter Lines, Nigel Bond, Aaron Canavan, Darren Morgan, Leo Fernandez, Patrick Wallace, Rodney Goggins and Gary Filtness.
The inclusion of current professional players has been made possible following a landmark new agreement between WSS and World Snooker Tour which will now allow lower ranked tour players over 40 to compete at WSS events. Players not automatically invited to tournaments will be eligible to enter future qualifying events.
Jason Francis, WSS Chairman said: “The ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour has gone from strength to strength and despite these difficult times globally we are delighted to be able to deliver a truly world class event live on the BBC and around the world. I would like to thank our title sponsor ROKiT Phones for their continued support and look forward to seeing some fantastic snooker played later this month.”
RIBSA would like to wish Ken, Michael and Rodney the very best of luck in the event and i am sure everyone will be cheering them on in the event. Well done boys and fly the Irish flag high.