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Tianjin City To Host 2023 International Championship

WST is delighted to announce that Tianjin City will host the return of the International Championship, when the prestigious ranking event takes place later this year.

The tournament has undergone a four-year hiatus from the World Snooker Tour, caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, the stunning surrounds of Tianjin City will see snooker’s top stars once again compete for the International Championship title from November 5th to 12th.

The International Championship was first staged in 2012 and held all the way through to 2019. Judd Trump won the inaugural and most recent editions, with Ding Junhui, Ricky Walden, John Higgins, Mark Selby and Mark Allen all also former champions.

It will be the third tournament of the season to be held in China, with the Shanghai Masters taking place in September and the Wuhan Open being staged in October.

WST Chairman Steve Dawson said: “We are delighted to see this massive tournament back on the calendar and it is very exciting to be taking an event to the beautiful city of Tianjin.

“It is hugely significant for the sport to be returning to China and the International Championship has always been one of the most significant fixtures in the World Snooker Tour season. I know fans in Tianjin will be treated to some world class snooker. I’d like to thank the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association and CCTVSE for their partnership in staging this tournament.”