It was today confirmed by World Snooker that this season’s Indian Open has been postponed following the flooding that has affected the southern Indian state of Kerala over the past few days.
The tournament was due to be staged in the city of Kochi, situated within southwest Kerala from 18-22 September however following the ongoing disaster which has claimed the lives of over 350 people and left a further 725,000 homeless the event will now take place at a later date.
Jason Ferguson, chairman of the WPBSA said “We have been so fortunate in recent times to take our sport back to its roots in ‘Incredible India.’ We have met so many incredible people and made so many great friends in ‘incredible India’, our thoughts are with the people of India at this difficult time.”
“The postponement of this event is in support of the people of the Kerala and it is important that we stress that the event has been postponed – not cancelled. Snooker stands with Kerala and we fully intend to revisit the area at the appropriate time to show our support to the people.
“Among the tragic events that I have witnessed through the media during the past few days, we have also been moved by the resilience of those affected and I am looking forward to returning to the area soon.
Shaun Murphy, chairman of the WPBSA Players Commission added: “On behalf of the players I would like to say that our thoughts are will all of the people who have been affected by the floods in Kerala and we are looking forward to visiting the area at a later date.”
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