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Trump: SPOTY Success Would Be Amazing For Snooker

World number one Judd Trump believes that victory for Ronnie O’Sullivan in this Sunday’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year would be a fantastic triumph for snooker as a sport.

The World Snooker Tour has staged 20 events in 2020, despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The pinnacle of the year was the Betfred World Championship at the Crucible in August, when O’Sullivan won the sport’s biggest tournament for the sixth time.

“Ronnie’s nomination should be celebrated by everyone in the sport,” said Trump. “It’s a reflection of the hard work put into all the events this year. The World Championship is one the best events in any sport. Credit to everyone for putting it into the limelight and to Ronnie for winning it to get that recognition. It would be amazing for snooker if he won the award on Sunday.

“Everyone growing up in my age range – he was their favourite player because of the way he plays and how easy he makes the game look. To this day he is still going strong. He is a superstar in China and in the UK.”

BBC Sports Personality of the Year takes place this Sunday night (December 20th) with O’Sullivan among the six nominees alongside Lewis Hamilton, Tyson Fury, Jordan Henderson, Hollie Doyle and Stuart Broad. Click here to read more.

YOU have the chance to vote for O’Sullivan either by telephone or online, details of how to vote will be available on the night from 8pm.