Indian Open Snooker postponed due to Kerala flooding

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The tournament will be re-scheduled at a later date (credit: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images for Kaspersky)

World Snooker have announced that the Indian Open has been postponed due to the severe flooding in the Kerala region.

The flooding has caused mass devastation and loss of life in the area since June and is the worst flooding to hit the region in a century.

The tournament was due to take place from September 18-22, however, the event will now go ahead at a later date, with details on the re-scheduling to be released in due course.

The Indian Open has become an annual fixture on the World Snooker tour calendar since Ding Junhui’s victory at the inaugural staging in 2013.

Last year, 30-time ranking event winner John Higgins became the fourth player to claim the trophy.

The qualifying stages took place in Preston from August 15-16, with 64 players booking their place in the main event, which offers a total prize fund of £323,000.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The World Snooker Tour is fortunate to be able to visit Incredible India each year for this fantastic event.

“Everyone at World Snooker and the WPBSA has been devastated to hear about the horrendous flooding.

“There is no doubt in our mind that we will take our sport to this region at a more appropriate time in support of the people of Kerala.”