World Women’s Snooker (WWS) can today confirm the postponement of the Women’s Masters tournament scheduled to take place at Frames Sports Bar, London from 21-22 November 2020.
Following our previous statement concerning our return to competition we have continued to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, both within the UK (host country of the Women’s Masters) and across the globe.
As everyone will be aware, the current situation in the UK remains highly uncertain. It is widely anticipated that the upcoming winter period with more people crowded together indoors will be a challenging time for us all due to the nature of what is a respiratory virus. In recent days the UK has seen a significant increase in the number of reported cases and consequently an increased number of restrictions introduced at national and in places local level.
In this context, to stage an international tournament – with players, supporters and officials travelling from across the UK and overseas – inevitably carries a level of risk which we must balance against the measures that can be put in place to minimise that risk to everybody involved.
In all the circumstances, the Board has decided that it would not be appropriate to proceed with the event at this time and that the most sensible decision is to postpone the event until 2021. This also follows the position taken by other bodies within the WPBSA Group including both World Disability Billiards and Snooker and World Billiards.
We know that players are keen to return to competition, just as we are looking forward to seeing everyone again and continuing to grow women’s snooker further with the staging of more events. It remains our intention to be able to return as soon as it is safe to do so in 2021 with a busy calendar of events and we are grateful for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented situation.
We would like to thank Tony Thompson and his team at Frames who have been extremely supportive of WWS and we look forward to returning to the club as soon as possible.