As we approach Christmas, there is much to report from the world of snooker. Here are the main stories of interest plus where you can read more about them:

- Ronnie O’Sullivan bids for a third successive Betfred Premier League title in Manchester this weekend. All the news and results can be found at http://www.premierleaguesnooker.com/

- The Asian Games is underway in Doha, Qatar. This is a huge sporting spectacle and includes cue sports. The snooker final will be shown on Eurosport a week today. Janie Watkins is out there for globalsnookercentre and will be providing results, stories and pictures of one of the biggest sporting events seen outside of the Olympics. Follow the action here www.globalsnookercentre.co.uk/files/Asian-Games/2006_doha_asian_games.htm

- I expect a sponsor for the UK Championship to be announced imminently. Watch this space.

- The tournament itself gets underway at the Barbican Centre in York on Monday. You can follow live scoring on http://www.worldsnooker.com/

- The Malta Cup has been officially launched by Snooker Promotions Malta, World Snooker and the Maltese Tourism Authority. It’s a popular stop-off on the circuit and everyone is always made to feel most welcome. Read the launch story here http://www.worldsnooker.com/tournament_news(id18312)-58.htm and book tickets here www.maltacup.org

- The China Open has been renamed the Beijing Open. With the popularity of snooker so high in China, this suggests the way is being paved for a further event in another Chinese city in the near future.

- A day has been taken off the Welsh Open. It now runs from February 12-18 at the Newport Centre.

- Shaun Murphy has spoken of the importance of snooker’s young brigade. Read all about it here http://www.sportinglife.com/snooker/news/

- The third event of the season in the Pontin’s International Open Series has begun at Prestatyn. Follow the scores here www.globalsnookercentre.co.uk/files/Pontins/06-7PIOS/06-7PIOS3.htm

- Jimmy Michie, the world no.60, is planning to run the Great North Run for the NET Patient Foundation, a charity which Paul Hunter helped to set up.

- Willie Thorne is buying a house in Bulgaria. They must be proud.


Anonymous said...

Maybe Willie's setting up his own snooker of excellence in Bansko.

Expect a Bulgarian winner of the World Championship in 2020.

Best of luck to Jimmy - he'll need it. Maybe Steve Cramb could give him some tips...

Thanks, Joe

Anonymous said...

bad link to the asian games in doha. This link works.