World Snooker International Championship begins in Tianjin

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The 2023 World Snooker International Championship began in Tianjin on Sunday and will continue until Nov 12.

Prominent snooker players including World No 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan and top Chinese player Ding Junhui displayed their superior skills in the initial rounds.

As an internationally recognized A-level tournament, this event offers a substantial prize pool of £825,000 ($1.02 billion).

Looking at the current draw, it is evident that the competition will showcase numerous thrilling and intense matchups, promising an unforgettable snooker spectacle fans have been eagerly awaiting.

Tianjin has a century-old history with snooker, having introduced the sport in the early 20th century.

With the remarkable growth and progress of sports in China, snooker has become a highly anticipated sporting event, attracting enthusiasts from all over the country.

Tianjin has previously expressed its ambition to establish itself as a premier "City of Sports" in China.

The city is dedicated to the comprehensive development of mass sports, competitive sports, the sports industry and sports culture, further augmenting its influence by hosting major sporting events.

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