Snooker Stands with Kerala
We often take for granted what we have and yet there are many people in this world that essentially have nothing, or very little.
Snooker is of course a form of entertainment whether you play it or whether you watch it and we mustn't forget this.
It was important, in my opinion, in light of the terrible ongoing natural disaster in the Indian state of Kerala where floods have claimed the lives of over 350 people and left around 725,000 people homeless that World Snooker confirmed that this season’s Indian Open has been postponed.
The tournament that was due to take place in the city of Kochi, situated within southwest Kerala from 18-22 September will now take place at a later date.
Jason Ferguson, chairman of the WPBSA said "We have been so fortunate in recent times to take our sport back to its roots in ‘Incredible India.’ We have met so many incredible people and made so many great friends in ‘incredible India’, our thoughts are with the people of India at this difficult time."
"The postponement of this event is in support of the people of Kerala and it is important that we stress that the event has been postponed – not cancelled. Snooker stands with Kerala and we fully intend to revisit the area at the appropriate time to show our support to the people.
"Among the tragic events that I have witnessed through the media during the past few days, we have also been moved by the resilience of those affected and I am looking forward to returning to the area soon."
Shaun Murphy, chairman of the WPBSA Players Commission added: "On behalf of the players I would like to say that our thoughts are will all of the people who have been affected by the floods in Kerala and we are looking forward to visiting the area at a later date."
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