WORLD SNOOKER TOUR PLAYERS 2014/2015 SEASON
World Snooker would like to clarify the following with regards to two players qualifying for the Main Tour for the 2014/15 season.
The Asian Under 21 Champion, Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon, will be eligible to compete on the Main Tour despite having re-qualified through an Amateur event.
The rule that governs this for the 2014/15 Season specifies that Players, which is intended to refer specifically to Professional Players, may not re-qualify onto the Tour via an amateur event which carries a guaranteed tour place for the following season. World Snooker can confirm that this rule will only be enforced when the player is competing in an amateur event whilst holding a status as a Professional Main Tour player.
For clarity, as long as the Amateur event starts after the conclusion of the World Championship Final in any given year, that player will be deemed to have reverted to Amateur status and therefore will be permitted to re-qualify for the tour through that Amateur competition.
Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon has therefore been offered a two year tour card onto the Main Tour for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.
World Snooker would also like to clarify that Under 21 Champion, Hossein Vafaei Ayouri, will be given special dispensation to compete on the Main Tour for the remainder of the 2014/15 season at the end of which he will be issued a 2 year Main Tour card for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, which he will start on zero points.
The decision to allow Hossein to compete for this initial period has been taken in the light of the exceptional circumstances surrounding this Amateur World and World Under 21 Champion and his well-documented struggles to access a visa to compete in Snooker events in the UK. World Snooker hope that this measure will enable Hossein to use this period to obtain a visa which may have otherwise been unobtainable.
World Snooker can confirm that this place for the remainder of the 2014/15 season will be issued instead of issuing an Americas tour place. WPBSA has been notified that All Americas Championship will not be held this year and therefore no nominations from the Americas have been received. For that reason World Snooker can be assured that no Amateur player will be disadvantaged as a result of this decision.