“But you have to play in them, there’s not a lot you can do, you’ve got to do it. But I don’t agree with them.” But World Snooker has shrugged off criticism of this season’s tour structure, claiming that the majority of players on the professional circuit are happy with it. World snooker insisted that players are under no obligation to enter the tournaments. And responded to O’Sullivan with a statement: “We have a responsibly to provide events for all 99 players on the main tour and the PTC events offer playing opportunities for them Although World Snooker is undergoing major change as two seasons ago, there were only seven or eight events on the main tour calendar; now there are nearly 30 and total prize money has virtually doubled The PTC Series had already been implemented due to rising concerns from players that there were not enough tournaments on the calendar to sustain a viable professional circuit. The top 24 players at the end of the PTC series go through to the Grand Final, where the winner scoops a top prize of £70,000. The most recent event saw Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Matthew Stevens 4-2 in the final in Gloucester. So after a poor run of form by his high standards and leaving O’Sullivan 12th in the World rankings, he willcertainly be aiming for more success in the upcoming UK Championship at York’s Barbican Centre which runs from 3-11 December. Usain Bolt grabbed centre stage in the men’s 100m Final as he destroyed the competition to take the gold medal.
Bolttook and did so with consummate ease, resulted in a world record equalling time of 9.58 seconds to take Gold position for the second Olympics in a row in the Men’s 100m Final. Ever since the Jamaican Bolt burst onto the scene with a 9.72 in New York, 2008 no other sprinter has looked even remotely close to rival him and this was definitely the case in London 2012. Both Christophe Lemaitre of France who filed a 9.73 and Asafa Powell also of Jamaica a 9.89, would have accepted these as respectable and fast times four years ago. But with the Electric Bolt not looking to slow up, in the future they may have to settle for silver position. As Bolt carry’s on tampering with the laws of physics to smash world records, it’ll be a long time until the chasing pack are able to faceUsain Bolt with stern competition.
Elsewhere Team GB is set to continue a very successful Olympic Games in London, with both Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton reaching the final of the Men’s and Women’s Cycling Sprint Finals respectably. Also in Men’s Sailing Paul Goodison is in a promising position in the standings being pole after six races and will look to secure Gold in the next four races. Triumphant Team GB can already boast two gold medals in: Sailing, Finn Class, as Ben Ainslie easily took the gold and also in the Women’s 400m Final as Christine Ohuruogu finished with a strong time of 49.71seconds. The women’s Marathon had two Team GB podium places as Mara Yamauchi finished on 2: 33: 31 to steal GB’s sole silver medal from Paula Radcliffe as she finished with 2: 33: 35, which was enough to take the bronze medal.
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