Khaled Al Khaili, CEO of the Billiards and Snooker Federation, revealed that the federation suspended all activities and tournaments for the current season, including his decision to postpone the “Dubai International” competitions in its second edition, with a total prize of 50 thousand dirhams, in which the quarter-final was scheduled to start yesterday, And until further notice.
Al-Khaili told Emirates Today: “The Federation, under the direction of Sheikh Jum’a Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, President of the Federation, is keen on the safety of all, and in line with the precautionary measures taken by the state to limit the spread of the Corona virus, for its decision to suspend all activities and tournaments until a date Later, including the Dubai International Championship, which started on the fifth of this month, with the participation of 106 players representing 12 countries, whose quarter-finals were supposed to start yesterday.
He explained: “Although the Billiards and Snooker Federation went last Friday to sterilize all its facilities, including the Federation Hall on which the majority of the snooker tournaments organized by the Federation are held, and the Dubai International Championship is free of recording any possible injuries among its players, but the concern for the safety of everyone and the need With the measures taken in the country, they were behind to issue a decision to suspend all sporting activities and championships. ”
He added: «There is no specific date for the return of sporting activity for the current season, or even a date for the completion of the Dubai Championship, provided that the latest developments related to the Corona virus are constantly reviewed, and continuity in adherence to the precautionary measures, and with its completion, it will certainly restore the Federation’s activity and set a date later To complete the tournament from the point where it left off. ”
He concluded: “Public health and safety of everyone, including athletes, are the concern that we focus most of our attention on, as we are part of a sports system that follows the same procedures issued by the state.”
• There is no specific date for the return of the current season’s activity, and it remains linked to the developments related to the Coronavirus.