Nov 22, 2023 at 7:00 PM Update: 3 minutes ago
Ronnie O’Sullivan is considering quitting snooker. The seven-time world champion is at loggerheads with the international snooker association, which does not want the 47-year-old Englishman to play many lucrative tournaments in China.
“I have no choice,” O’Sullivan told the BBC on Wednesday. “If I can’t do what I want to do, play a lot in China, then I will never play again. We are at a kind of crossroads.”
The World Snooker Tour, the international snooker association, is not happy with players completing lucrative tournaments in China. O’Sullivan has canceled several association tournaments for this reason this year. He is now threatening sanctions if O’Sullivan continues to miss association tournaments.
“But there’s not enough here in Britain to justify the effort I put in. When I go to China I’m playing in great venues, with big crowds and for a lot of prize money. I love it ” says O’Sullivan.
“If I get to a point where I can’t or aren’t allowed to do that anymore, then I probably won’t play. Then I’ll probably play Chinese 8-ball, because I want to continue for the time being.”
O’Sullivan is considered the best snooker player of all time. ‘The Rocket’ became world champion seven times, the last time being in 2022. Last year, the Englishman failed to extend his world title and Belgian Luca Brecel won the cup.
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