Sir Rodney Walker has been re-elected chairman of the WPBSA.
Of course he has. Nobody stood against him or the other directors – Sir David Richards, Hamish McInnes, Peter Ebdon and Lee Doyle – up for re-election at today’s AGM in Sheffield.
The official press release stated that Walker had received the backing of 91.3% of the players.
This sounds impressive but is deliberately misleading.
From an electorate of around 75, only 23 could be bothered to vote. Walker, Richards, McInnes and Doyle each received 21 votes for with two against. Ebdon received 17 votes for with six against.
The board themselves can vote and it is safe to assume Doyle, the chief executive of 110sport, brought in votes from his own players, 11 of whom are eligible to vote.
Therefore, apathy has clearly reigned among the ordinary membership.
Walker has deduced from this that the players are happy with how he is running snooker.
“As a sport we have moved on to a strong and secure footing within the past five years. There are now new challenges which lie ahead, but I am glad that the players have shown today that they would like me to continue to lead snooker as we face these challenges,” he said.
Actually, he received fewer than 30% support from those eligible to vote, although there is even less enthusiasm in removing him.