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Countdown To Yushan

A press conference took place in Beijing on Sunday to mark the start of the countdown to the Yushan Shangrao China 2018 Hong Rui Ma Cup Snooker World Open.

Defending champion Ding Junhui was at the press conference to look forward to the world ranking event in Yushan County in China’s Jiangxi Province. The tournament runs from August 6-12 and will feature top stars including Mark Selby, Marco Fu, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Mark Williams. Click here for the match schedule

The tournament has been staged in Yushan since 2016 and this year it is jointly hosted by the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association, WPBSA, Jiangxi Sports Bureau and Shangrao City Government. Yushan County Government and Jiangxi Xingpai Sports Development Co Ltd will jointly undertake the event.

Attending the press conference alongside Ding were Wang Tao, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of CBSA, Ding Xiaosheng, member of the Standing Committee of Shangrao Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China and Minister of Propaganda , Gan Lianfang, President of Beijing Xing Pai Group, Hu Jianfei, Secretary of the CPC Yushan County Committee, Liu Jianing, General Manager of Jiangxi Hong Rui Ma Steel Pipe Co Ltd, Miles Pearce, commercial director of World Snooker, Lin Jun, deputy director of Jiangxi Provincial Sports Bureau, Gan Liantong, vice chairman of CBSA and vice chairman of Beijing Xing Pai Group, Xu Shubin, deputy secretary of the Yushan County CPC and Mayor of Yushan County Government, Zhang Changqing, Director of Yushan County Standing Committee and Zhu Mingshan, Chairman of Yushan County Council. Other leaders and dozens of media reporters also witnessed the launching ceremony.

The 2018 Yushan World Open will be the first ranking event staged in China this season and will have total prize money of £735,000 with a top prize of £150,000.

Wang Tao said: “Yushan has successfully held many world class billiards events and achieved great success. Staging snooker’s World Open for three consecutive years is important for sports development. This not only continues to accelerate the snooker movement in China, but will also greatly enrich the reputation of Yushan which is building a ‘world billiards city.’ These tournaments have provided strong support to promote the development of Chinese billiards sports and extensive public fitness.”

Gan Lianfang, the chairman of Beijing Xing Pai Group, said: “Xing Pai has always been committed to promoting the development of Chinese billiards. From production and sponsorship, from providing international standard tables and the funding and organising of large scale international events, all the efforts made by Xing Pai are intended to realise the dream of making China an important stage for world billiards sports.”

Miles Pearce, Commercial Director of World Snooker, added: “Snooker’s cultural industry has developed through events held in China such as the Yushan World Open. Our sport has been deeply impressed with the Chinese brand and Yushan brand. I believe that the combination of industrial advantages, classic events and snooker brands can make Yushan the most influential snooker culture centre in the world.”

Liu Jianing, general manager of Hong Rui Ma, said: “Sponsoring the Yushan World Open meets our strategic development goals for the next five years. This will greatly enhance our brand awareness and help the company accelerate into the world’s top eight major bearing steel pipe manufacturing enterprises.”

Ding, winner of 13 titles, added: “I am looking forward to the tournament and hope to enjoy it. I am pleasantly surprised to see how Yushan has changed in the last few years, it is a beautiful location.”