Sheffield aims to cue up new snooker deal

Mark Selby celebrates after winning the final of the Dafabet World Snooker Championships Pic: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mark Selby celebrates after winning the final of the Dafabet World Snooker Championships Pic: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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The World Snooker Championship is over for another year and tickets are already on sale for next year. Now civic leaders are aiming to ensure it stays in the city for a lot longer.

Negotiations have started with a view to securing a contract for the tournament to remain at the Crucible from 2016, despite competition from China that reportedly extends to the construction of a replica of the Sheffield theatre near Beijing.

The Crucible has staged snooker’s most prestigious tournament since 1977, and World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has repeatedly insisted it will stay there for as long as he runs the sport.

 

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