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"Several players" withdraw from World Snooker Championship

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None of the players concerned are understood to be members of the current world top 16.

Snooker chiefs have confirmed that "several" players have withdrawn from this year's World Championship, which is set to begin later this month in Sheffield.

None of the players concerned are understood to be members of the current world top 16, meaning they would have been scheduled to take part in the qualifying rounds which start on July 21.

Earlier this week, reports in China suggested up to 10 players had declined the opportunity to take part in the tournament, citing concerns regarding coronavirus and quarantine regulations.

Former finalist Ding Junhui, who missed last month's Coral Tour Championship, has indicated he will take part, while Yan Bingtao, the other Chinese player in the top 16, is based in Sheffield and unaffected.

But former world number five Marco Fu, three-time women's world champion Ng On-yee, and Zhou Yuelong, who beat Mark Allen in the first round last year, are reportedly among those who have withdrawn.

In a statement, World Snooker Tour noted: "Several players have indicated that they have decided not to travel to the UK and the draw for the qualifying rounds will be made after the entry deadline which falls on July 6."

Despite continuing uncertainty over quarantine regulations which may impact the respective arrivals of overseas players, WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said he was confident the process will run smoothly.

Marco Fu has reportedly withdrawn from this year's World Championship (Dave Howarth/PA)

Ferguson said: "Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic we have worked tirelessly to ensure that every player has the chance to play in the Betfred World Championship.

"We knew this would be a huge task in the climate, but not an impossible one – and we have now reached a point where players can make their own choice. We have done everything we can to support our playing membership.

"We appreciate that a small number have indicated their decision not to come to the UK, but the vast majority will compete and, without question, the show must go on."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City36265576294783
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd362010670422870
3Leicester CityLeicester362061065442166
4Chelsea361810855332264
5Liverpool35179961412060
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham361781156461059
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8Everton35168114642456
9Arsenal361671350381255
10Leeds UnitedLeeds36165155753453
11Aston Villa35147144941849
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves35129143547-1245
13Southampton36127174763-1643
14Crystal Palace35118163759-2241
15Burnley36109173351-1839
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle36109174362-1939
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton36814143742-538
RFulham36512192650-2427
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35511193268-3626
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3552281862-4417
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