Snooker players criticize tournament addition by World Snooker
Professional snooker players are not happy with a recent tournament addition by World Snooker. For the next World Snooker season, the association has added a one-frame Shoot Out tournament. Players are not happy with this decision and have stated as such.

The matches of this tournament will last for one frame and take about 10 minutes to complete. The tournament will have a shot clock for 15 seconds during the first five minutes of game play. For the last 5 minutes, the timer will be shortened to 10 seconds. This will find players most likely running around as the try to get their shots in.

Mark Allen, snooker pro ranked #7 in the World, calls the tournament a ‘massive mockery’ to the sport of snooker. Other players criticized the tournament on social medial including Neil Robertson. Robertson stated that event is nuts and a huge slap in the face to anyone who has actually won a proper ranking event. Some pros are even asking if the event is a joke.

The tournament is set to take place in February from the 24th to the 26th. The event will be open to all players on the World Snooker Tour, which is 128 individuals. This will be instead of the 64 seeds who would be competing normally as in the past.

Barry Hearn, the Chairman of World Snooker, has responded to the statements of players by calling them snobbish, and stating that he cannot let a handful of traditional players take the moral high ground and say the event is not proper.

Hearn went on to state the sport is for all participants not just a chosen few players. Hearn feels the new rules will make players ‘incentivized’ to take part and take the tournament seriously. It will be interesting to see if any changes are made or if the pros will ignore their feelings on the event and play as normal.

- 2016-05-11

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