World Snooker, the global governing body for the sport, has announced that the Indian Open world ranking event has been postponed. No fresh dates have been announced.
The tournament was scheduled from March 24 to 28. “We have worked closely with our partners in India to try to find a suitable host city for the event, but without success,” World snooker has stated in a statement.
“We continue to believe that there is great potential for snooker to grow in India, and it is our intention that this tournament will return to the calendar during the 2020-21 season.”
For fans in the region there are still many opportunities to watch live snooker online, as this season – for the first time – many of snooker’s biggest events are broadcast free on Facebook Live throughout India and Pakistan, World Snooker has stated.
The Indian Open was first staged in 2013, won by Ding Junhui. The title subsequently went to Michael White in 2015, Anthony McGill in 2016, John Higgins in 2017 and Matthew Selt in 2019.
This event and the qualifying dates of February 17-19 have been removed from the calendar.
Launched in 2013, the India Open was also dropped in 2018 due to Kerala floods. The event were to take place from September 18 to 22, 2019, in Kochi.