Thailand to Stage 2019 Women's World Snooker Championships
World Women’s Snooker (WWS) and the World Snooker Federation (WSF) are today delighted to announce that two prestigious women’s snooker tournaments will be contested across seven days at the Hi-End Snooker Club in Bangkok, Thailand this coming June.
The 38th staging of the iconic World Women’s Snooker Championship, won last year for a third time by Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee, will take place from 20-23 June 2019. This will be preceded by the inaugural edition of a new international team competition for women players from across the globe from 17-19 June.
The most prestigious event in the women's calendar will be held with the full support of the Billiard Sports Association of Thailand and the Hi-End Snooker Club, a world-class facility which boasts 15 snooker tables and is the home of women’s players including 19-year-old Nutcharut Wongharuthai who has reached two WWS finals over the past 12 months.
This year’s World Women’s Championship shall carry a minimum prize fund of £15,000 and the team event a minimum total of £7,000, making this the biggest week of women’s snooker for over a decade.
Mandy Fisher, WWS president said: “We are excited to be heading back to Asia for this year’s World Women’s Championship and are thrilled with the support that we have received from our friends at the Hi-End Snooker Club and BSAT in the organisation of this event.
“We are also looking forward to hosting a major new international team event and to seeing women players from all over the world for what should be a fantastic week of snooker.”
Mr. Borriruk (Gap), general manager at the Hi-End Snooker Club said: “We feel very honoured to have been offered the responsibility to host these prestigious tournaments in our premises. We can now prepare to welcome the world’s best athletes to a fascinating snooker place.”
Suntorn Jarumon, BSAT president said: “We are delighted that World Women’s Snooker will be holding its biggest event of the year at the Hi-End Snooker Club and are looking forward to supporting the event.
“Women’s snooker in Thailand is growing year on year and Thai women players have been making a strong impact on the international stage, as well as at professional events. This year we will stage a women’s national snooker championship for the first time and the staging of a major ranking event in Thailand will surely benefit the game further and boost the popularity of women’s snooker in our country for years to come.”
Players will be nominated for both events by their national federation. Further information, including hotel information and the entry process for national federations to both events will be released as soon as possible.
16 June – Opening ceremony / Welcome
17-19 June – Team Event
20-23 June – World Women’s Snooker Championship 2019
Hi-End Snooker Club, Bangkok, Thailand.
It is of course great news that the event will be staged in a fantastic club in Thailand with the full backing of the Thai snooker association.
Another plus point is the rise in prize money, but only to the levels seen around 10 years ago. It will mean the winner and runner-up may end up profitable but the majority of players will be losing out financially to play in the event.
Of course competition at the highest level is not always about money and the prestige attached to the event will see many of the usual supporters of the Women's tour compete, but for longevity and for progress in the Women's game this is certainly something that in my opinion needs to be addressed.
My biggest concern is for those players based in Europe who will have to take more annual leave from work. Flights to South East Asia are not cheap, while living expenses in Bangkok are a lot cheaper than a major European city players will still need a return flight and accommodation for at least a week.
It is nice to see another Country being 'put on the map' of world women's snooker and again it does look like a positive move in terms of attracting players from nations that cannot really compete on the regular tour due to its European bias.
If the tour is to be sustainable as a truly International tour though then prize money does need to be addressed.