The World Snooker Federation has announced that Malta will host its inaugural WSF Championships.
The event will debut at the Dolmen Hotel in St Paul’s Bay and will run from March 14-24.
The winner of the main WSF Championship will receive a first prize of €10,000 ($11,970) and earn a two-year tour card for the World Snooker Tour. The four semi-finalists of the event will all be invited to compete at the 2018 World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, England.
The WSF Championships will also consist of the official 2018 World Women’s Snooker Championship, the winner of which will receive €6,000 and again qualify to enter the World Snooker Championship, which this year takes place from April 21 to May 7.
There will also be an event staged for players aged over 40, to be known as the WSF Seniors Championship. There will be a first prize of €6,000 for this competition, and following the recent World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) announcement regarding an official World Seniors Tour, the winner will receive a personal invitation to compete in a major international World Seniors event.
The top eight players of both the women’s and seniors events will automatically qualify to play in the main WSF Championship. The announcement of the new events comes following the formation of the WSF in October.
The new International Federation (IF) for snooker was launched with a view to driving the sport’s long-term goal of securing a place on the Olympic Programme. The WSF is seeking to bring together both amateur and professional snooker. It forms part of an international structure for the sport that also includes the WPBSA and World Snooker.
WSF president Jason Ferguson said: “The announcement of our first WSF Championship marks the beginning of a new dawn for amateur snooker across the globe. The Championships will provide equal opportunities, exciting bonuses for elite performers and a clear a pathway to a career in our wonderful sport.”