BEC-Tero Entertainment Public Co. Ltd. has announced that it has been granted the rights and sanction from World Snooker Limited (WS) and the Billiard Sports Association of Thailand to stage the Snooker World Cup 2011 in honour of His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday. Superstar snooker players from 19 countries will compete in the seven-day event to be held in Bangkok in July. A budget of 70 million baht has been set for the organization of the tournament.
Fifteen years ago, Thailand was the first and only country to host the Snooker World Cup tournament featuring the world’s best snooker players representing their countries. BEC-Tero successfully held the 1996 event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne. And so it is appropriate that in the auspicious year of 2011, the Snooker World Cup will return bigger and better to Thailand, in honour of His Majesty.
The Snooker World Cup 2011 will feature a who’s who of the world’s best snooker players. The star-studded line up will include luminaries such as Ronnie O’Sullivan, Marco Fu, Stephen Maguire and Ding Junhui. In total 40 players will comprise 20 competing teams from 19 countries including England, Scotland, Ireland, China, Hong Kong, Australia, with two teams from the host country Thailand.
Each team will compete under their nation’s flag in a round robin format vying for the USD700,000 (21 million baht) in prize money. The champion team will also receive the prestigious King of King’s Cup, made of solid gold, and designed and fabricated by the Royal British Jewellers in 1996.
The tournament will be broadcast around the globe, attracting a television audience in the tens of millions.
Brian L. Marcar, Managing Director of BEC-Tero Entertainment Public Co. Ltd. said, “The Snooker World Cup 2011 is a premium international sporting event. It will promote Thailand’s image to the world and further enhance the kingdom’s reputation as the host of top international events.”