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article imageWorld Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan takes snooker break

By Tim Sandle     Jun 6, 2012 in Sports
World professional snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has made a surprise announcement: he is taking a six-month break from competitive snooker.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, who sensationally won the world snooker championship in May 2012, has announced that he will not be entering any snooker tournaments for at least the first six-months of the new season. This includes, according to the BBC, missing out on the lucrative Premier League.
In his press statement, O'Sullivan said:
"I have decided not to enter any tournaments for the time being including this year’s Premier League and forthcoming WPBSA ranking events.
“I have not signed the player’s contract as I feel the contract is too onerous and am in a stage of my career where I don’t wish to make this commitment.
“I still want to play snooker and visit those places around the world such as China where snooker is enthusiastically received and adored.
“I hope to remain involved in the sport in some way in the future.”
World Snooker have confirmed the news, noting:
"World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn today confirmed that all players on the World Snooker Tour for the 2012/13 season have signed the official players' contract, other than Ronnie O'Sullivan, who is therefore not currently eligible to compete in any World Snooker sanctioned event."
The announcement has caused a stir within the snooker blog sphere. Snooker Scene, for example, do not think any player is 'bigger than the game', in stating "I think World Snooker’s attitude is that O’Sullivan is no different to any other player, that they all have a choice whether to play or not."
Six-months is a big break. Time will tell whether O'Sullivan will come back and make up lost ground.
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