9 Facts About World Snooker

1. World Snooker reached landmark commercial agreements with the BBC, Eurosport and the Crucible Theatre to extend its existing contracts.

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2. World Snooker returned to its founding nation for the first time for the inaugural Indian Open in New Delhi.

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3. World Snooker lost one of its leading lights as three-time Masters champion Paul Hunter lost his battle with cancer at the age of just 27.

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4. World Snooker enters the International World Games for the first time in Akita, Japan.

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5. World Snooker was televised by the BBC for the first time from Leicester Square Hall.

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6. World Snooker was invented by the British Army in the Indian town of Jubbulpore.

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7. World Snooker is more rock and roll than you might imagine.

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8. World Snooker had decamped to the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool for a long summer of preliminary rounds and O'Sullivan emerged as the undoubted star.

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9. World Snooker has a charitable arm that helps players who have fallen on hard times.

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