A BOLA – Scandal: Ten Chinese suspended for suspected match-fixing (Snooker)

The Chinese Zhao Xintong, 25 years outdated, ninth on this planet rating and winner of the UK Championship-2021 and the German Masters-2022, and his compatriot Zhang Jiankang, 24 years outdated, 82nd within the hierarchy, have been suspended this Tuesday in World Snooker to take part in any match «with fast impact and till a call is made on the contrary or not, on the finish of the continuing investigation», which ends up in a dozen in variety of professionals from Asian international locations, all suspected of alleged habit or manipulation of outcomes, in a scandal that ought to cowl essentially the most mediatic of billiards variants.

The widespread shock, with sports activities followers asking themselves in regards to the true dimension of the alleged match-fixing fraud, with the variety of Chinese suspended that has stunned the planet: they’ve reached double quantity, and interrogations proceed.

Zhao, ‘The Cyclone’ and Jiankang, have 14 days to enchantment the choice, throughout which World Snooker “is not going to make any feedback”: as soon as once more, the group that governs the skilled circuit doesn’t specify whether or not which day, recreation and match the suspected information occurred.

Before Xintong and Jiankang, the 35-12 months-outdated Liang Wenbo (then 52nd on this planet desk) was suspended, as early as October 27, 2022, after which 5 different compatriots in a single session, within the early half December, day 9: 32-12 months-outdated Li Hang (62nd rank), 20-12 months-outdated Lu Ning, Chang Bingyu (77th rank), Bai Langning (126th rank) and Zhao Jianbo, 19 years outdated.

On December 12, 2022, Yan Bingtao, 22 years outdated, sixteenth within the rating – and winner of the Masters-2021 – was additionally suspended and misplaced his place within the Masters-2023, which can be performed on the Alexandra Palace, in London, from on Sunday, the eighth, till the fifteenth of the present month, a take a look at reserved for the ‘prime 16’, and the place he was changed, after 14 days handed to enchantment the suspension and didn’t achieve this, the Englishman David Gilbert.

The similar danger now faces Zhao Xintong, the very best rated participant of the Asian nation within the hierarchy, who has to face the quantity two within the desk, the Englishman Mark Selby, 39 years outdated, 4 occasions world champion (2014, 2016). , 2017 and 2021), within the spherical of 16, on Sunday, the eighth, at 7 pm native time (similar time as mainland Portugal).

It stays to be seen if Selby will qualify for the ‘quarters’ with out enjoying or if World Snooker will play one other skilled, with the Iranian Hossein Vafaei, the Chinese Ding Junhui and the English Gary Wilson rising as hypotheses. . In the knowledge that, just like the eighth, the 14-day enchantment interval of Zhao Xintong and Zhang Jiankang is not going to run out, essentially the most sure is that Mark ‘The Shark’ Selby will go on to the spherical of the perfect which is eight. .

Mark Selby, furthermore, is in motion this Tuesday in Group 3 of the Championship League, which can happen till Wednesday, the 4th of this month on the Morningside Arena, in his native Leicester, after compatriots Jack Lisowski and Stuart Bingham (the late world champion. in 2015) gained Group 1 and a pair of of the race, respectively, earlier than Christmas 2022.

Competing with Mark Selby on this Group 3, in a race whose last spherical will solely happen on the finish of February, is one other sextet, made up of 4 English countrymen – Matthew Selt, Ricky Walden, Kyren Wilson and Robert Milkins – and even Welshman Jamie Jones and Northern Irishman Jordan Brown.


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