A press conference was staged in Beijing, China today to announce the three new Asian Players Tour Championship events.
The events will be held in Zhang Jiagang in June before the Wuxi Classic, in Yixing in September after the Shanghai Masters, and in Chengdu around the International Championship (click http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/Tourna ... llCalendar for the full 2012/13 calendar). The APTC title sponsor is Guizhou Guotai Liquor Co Ltd and the promoter is Beijing Haokao Sports Culture Co Ltd.
The APTC tournaments will form part of the Players Tour Championship series, along with four events in the UK and six in Europe. The top four on the APTC Order of Merit, as well as the winners of the three events, will qualify for the PTC Grand Finals. The APTCs will have the same ranking point tariff as the PTC events in Europe, and each will have prize money of £50,000. The events will be open to everyone and will give the chance for more Asian players to participate.
Attending the press conference at the People's Conference Hall in Beijing were representatives of the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association, Beijing Haokao Sports Culture Co Ltd, Guizhou Guotai Liquor Co Ltd and Star Xing Pai, as well as World No 41 Xiao Guodong.
Interestingly enough there is no constraint there for players to attend a minimum number of events and the winner of each qualify automatically whatever.
It's open to everyone. So a player who isn't too keen of the PTCs, say Ding for example, could chose to try and win one and find himself in the PTC Grand Final having "bypassed" the PTC constraints. and played in none of them.
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