Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Snooker match-fixing scandal "is the latest crisis to engulf professional sports in China"


Two professional Chinese snooker players have been banned for life and eight others suspended


The punishment is the latest crisis to engulf professional sports in China which has seen a host of match-fixing scandals across multiple disciplines in recent years.


Snooker, which shares many similarities with the US game of pool, is a two-person sport played on a large, green table using cues.


The scandal represents a major setback for Chinese snooker, which has been producing a growing number of high-calibre players, and follows recent corruption scandals involving the country’s domestic football and basketball competitions.

But [the] managing director of S2M Consulting, a sports events company that specialises in China, said rather than viewing it as an uptick in corruption, it should be seen as an improvement in the policing of sport.