The World Snooker Championship has been rescheduled to begin on 31 July.
Traditionally the tournament begins in April, with the final competed over the May Day Bank holiday weekend.
The final this year has been penciled in for 16 August.
Discussions took place between Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Theatres over the event’s rescheduling.
The city’s Crucible Theatre has hosted the snooker’s most prestigious tournament since 1977.
Broadcasters the BBC and Eurosport were also present at the talks over when to begin the championship.
Government Advice Considered
World Snooker, the sport’s governing body, has yet to decide how to manage the potential of spectators attending the event.
The capacity of the Crucible is just under 1000. World Snooker will react to what the government’s advice is at the time over coronavirus guidelines.
Several options are available, such as playing the tournament in front of a reduced crowd. Or even playing the game behind closed doors.
It’s also possible that the championship could be postponed again to later in the year.
Snooker chief Barry Hearn, who recovered from a recent mild heart attack, is delighted with the new arrangements.
He also said that World Snooker is doing everything that it can to get the snooker circuit active again.
Hearn also alluded to the self employed status of snooker players.
Many of the lower ranking players are feeling the financial pressure of effectively being out of work.
The top 16 players automatically qualify to play for the game’s biggest prize.
They are joined by 16 players who enter via the qualifying rounds.
Trump Looking to Retain Title
World number one Judd Trump won his first world title beating John Higgins in the final last year.
The 30-year old from Bristol will be looking to be the fifth player to retain the title in the modern era.
So far Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby have all achieved that feat.