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Ronnie O'Sullivan urges support for Barry Hearn's plans


Players must take quantum leap - Hearn

World number one Ronnie O'Sullivan has urged his fellow professionals to back World Snooker chief Barry Hearn's radical makeover plans for the sport.

Hearn's reform proposals include plans for an extended professional tour.

The promoter has also confirmed that players will break from tradition at April's World Championship, entering the Crucible to their choice of music.

O'Sullivan said: "Sometimes you have to back people with a little blind faith. It has to be voted through."

Hearn has already said he will quit his role as chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, a role he took on in December, if the players do not go along with his plans.

He has advocated the need for a golf-style qualifying school where the players would compete to win a card to play on a pro tour of up to 20 events.

Higgins optimistic over snooker's future

The players will vote on Hearn's proposals after the World Championships, which begin on 17 April and O'Sullivan is adamant that everyone should get behind them.

The three-time world champion said: "There's a lot of playing opportunities there. In my opinion it has to happen.

"Whether it does or not we'll have to see but I'm sure the players will see sense.

"We're lucky to have these people involved so whatever they want to do I think you have to back them.

"If they don't I'm sure Barry won't be hanging around and we're back to square one and it's all over."

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