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Move Worlds out of UK - Higgins

888.com WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP
Dates:
Sat 19 April to Mon 5 May Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBCi and the BBC Sport website; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live

By Saj Chowdhury

John Higgins
Higgins has won two world titles

John Higgins believes that moving the World Snooker Championship away from Britain would benefit snooker.

Sheffield's Crucible Theatre has been the host of the event for the last 32 years, although its deal with governing body World Snooker expires in 2010.

"If the championship does move away from Britain it will mean another country has paid more money for it," the world champion told BBC Sport.

"That will be good for the sport and the players, who will earn more."

606: DEBATE

Higgins, along with his business partner Pat Mooney, has set up a World Series snooker tournament featuring eight top players who will compete in Jersey, Warsaw, Moscow and Berlin over the next few months.

The 32-year-old, who also won The Crucible title in 1998, said the sport's bosses need to take advantage of the new-found appetite for the game

"These places are crying out for top-class snooker," he added.

Sheffield has established itself as the 'Snooker City'

World Snooker statement

"In time, I think countries like Germany, Russia, Poland and, of course, China are places we have to explore.

"Britain is not the be-all and end-all for snooker."

World Snooker opted not to comment directly on Higgins' suggestion, instead the body hinted that the tournament could stay in Sheffield beyond 2010.

"World Snooker shares a strong relationship with the city of Sheffield and our current agreement ensures that the 888.com World Snooker Championship will stay at the Crucible until at least 2010," it told BBC Sport in a statement.

"Sheffield has established itself as the 'Snooker City' and with projects like the World Snooker Academy has demonstrated a willingness to invest in the sport over the long term."



see also
World Championship draw
14 Apr 08 |  Snooker
World Championship latest
15 Apr 08 |  Snooker
Snooker on the BBC
07 Apr 08 |  Snooker
Crucible champions
14 Apr 08 |  Snooker


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