TIAN PENGFEI TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

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Tian Pengfei has tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival at snooker’s BetVictor German Masters qualifiers in Milton Keynes and has been withdrawn from the event.

Tian was due to play Ashley Hugill on Wednesday evening, so Hugill receives a bye to the second round of the world ranking event.

All other players and officials tested at the event so far have had negative results.

Tian will now undergo a period of self isolation and will receive the support of WST. He will also be withdrawn from next week’s Northern Ireland Open at the same venue. He was due to play Noppon Saengkham in the first round of that event so Saengkham receives a bye to round two.

Since WST events restarted in June, strict Covid-19 regulations have been and continue to be followed, under UK Government guidance.