Anthony Hamilton sensationally quits snooker World Championships day before tournament start over coronavirus fears

ANTHONY HAMILTON has sensationally withdrawn from the Snooker World Championships as a result of he’s involved about contracting Covid-19 from followers.

The federal government are utilizing the rescheduled worlds, which start on Friday, as a pilot scheme for the return of indoor crowds.

Anthony Hamilton quit the tournament despite succeeding in qualifying

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Anthony Hamilton give up the tournament regardless of succeeding in qualifyingCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty

After securing his spot on the Crucible via qualifying, the veteran star blasted World Snooker Tour’s choice to permit followers into the 17-day tournament, claiming it was “too soon” and he “didn’t want to be part of an experiment”.

Now, regardless of the possibility to play the game’s greatest occasion in Sheffield for the primary time in 12 years, the 49-year-old has determined to stroll away.

Hamilton was speculated to face No.8 seed Kyren Wilson within the first spherical on the opening day.

Wilson, 28, is anticipated to obtain a bye into the second spherical as a result of World Snooker Tour haven’t any plans to interchange Hamilton with one other qualifier.

It isn’t recognized if he might be entitled to the Final 32 prize cash of £20,000 or if he has forfeited it.

On Wednesday, Hamilton stated: “300 folks indoors for 17 days is an absolute danger.

The phrase ‘pilot’ means an experiment. I don’t wish to be a part of an experiment.

Anthony Hamilton

“I perceive Goodwood and The Oval, they’re outdoors, however what’s the probabilities right here of anyone not having it?

“The phrase ‘pilot’ means an experiment. I don’t wish to be a part of an experiment.

“If one individual will get unwell and dies, it is one one that died for no purpose in any respect, only for leisure.

“On a private notice I’ve bought bronchial asthma so I’ve been shielding, mainly.

“I haven’t been seeing anyone and I’ve been practising on my own.”

‘NOT QUALIFIED’

Barry Hearn questioned the timing of Hamilton’s choice however understood the well being dangers posed to the participant.

He instructed talkSPORT: “Anthony Hamilton withdrew yesterday having gone via the qualifying competitors and determined final evening that he is gonna withdraw from the World Snooker Championships as a result of he is bought bronchial asthma and he’s anxious about his personal well being.

“Comprehensible – not an issue. The query I pose is why did he now withdraw before the qualifying competitors as a result of by getting via the qualifiers he has successfully stopped another person from going and incomes a residing.

“He isn’t certified to say – we work with specialists in authorities.

“He entered a contest understanding whereas he was in that competitors he knew there was going to be followers current.

“Why did he now withdraw then as a substitute of knocking another person out and stopping them incomes a residing, as a substitute of withdrawing afterwards in order that we’re a participant quick.

“Kyren Wilson gets a bye. [Hamilton] knew the situation. His asthma started yesterday. He’s had asthma and health issues for some time.”

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ANTHONY HAMILTON has sensationally withdrawn from the Snooker World Championships as a result of he’s involved about contracting Covid-19 from followers.

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