Ronnie O’Sullivan sparks snooker debate after unlike any other event | sport


FFrom automated crowd noise to empty seat bands, nothing at this year’s World Snooker Championship has been normal. Well, almost nothing. Whether Ronnie O’Sullivan or Kyren Wilson is crowned champion on Sunday night, they will have won a tournament like no other in its 93-year history – especially after Friday’s remarkable pair of breakthrough thrillers. But despite all the peculiarity hanging over the flagship snooker event and the feeling that the sport has seized the opportunity presented to it after the lockdown, one man has once again put the game in the spotlight like few others seem. able to do so.Having previously suggested that snooker players were treated like “lab rats” heading into the championship, O’Sullivan had courted his share of the headlines. But even by his standards, his claim that he “would have to lose an arm and a leg” to fall into the world top 50, claiming that many people at the bottom of the rankings couldn’t even deal with “half decent amateurs. Was certainly explosive.

‘Half-decent Amateurs’: Ronnie O’Sullivan Criticizes Next Generation Snooker – Video

Purists will argue that the fact that world No.89 Jamie Clarke knocked out world No.4 Mark Allen proves O’Sullivan wrong. But what about those in the game, who ensured snooker was one of the first sports to be played after lockdown and this weekend will be the first to pick up with fans in attendance for the final so that the interrupted pilot program is restarted.

“I love Ronnie, but I have to say something about it,” admits 1997 world champion Ken Doherty, who is still ranked in the top 64 in the world and therefore, one might say, an unwitting target of the world’s claims. ‘O’Sullivan. “When he made that statement, it irritated me a bit. He’s a genius on the table and whether he likes it or not, he’s an ambassador for our game; it is our talisman.


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