World Snooker Statement on Players Contracts, Wildcards

Following recent speculation as to the possibility of Ronnie O’Sullivan entering overseas events as a wildcard player, World Snooker have this evening issued a statement on the subjects which you can read below…

World Snooker Statement:

Following recent conjecture about the World Snooker Players Contract, we would like to make clear that the contract has been put in place in order to protect the interests of the game of snooker for the benefit of the players, broadcasters, sponsors, promoters and most importantly the fans.

Much like those in Golf and Tennis, the contract lays out to the players what is expected of them as professional sportsmen.

98 of the 99 professional tour players have signed the contract.

Under the terms of the contract, players can choose which events they would like to take part in. However, players may be penalised if they enter events and withdraw from them without a valid reason. This is mirrored across all sports.

World Snooker allows for wild cards in certain events outside of the UK in order to give local players opportunity and experience in world class events and to develop talent in important markets. Wild cards are only available to amateur players from the host country or region, and they are selected in conjunction with World Snooker, the WPBSA, the National Governing Body and the Promoter of the event.