Central World’s Convention Centre snags snooker event


The sheer size of the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld was the deciding factor in the venue being selected for the PTT-EGAT Snooker World Cup in July.

Large enough to be divided into the snooker competition room, athletes’ lounge, a medical room, and a press centre, the venue can also accommodate the large crowds of snooker fans who will pour in from the adjacent BTS Skytrain and by public and private road transport.

Forty guestrooms will be provided for the players and organizers at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, the five-star hotel integral to Bangkok Convention Centre.

National teams for the PTT-EGAT Snooker World Cup to be held from July 11-17 include the biggest names in the sport.

Snooker superstars competing include the world’s top six players: #1 Mark Williams of Wales, #2 John Higgins of Scotland, #3 Mark Selby of England, #4 Ding Junhui of China, #5 Neil Robertson of Australia, and #6 Allister Carter of England.

Eighteen foreign countries will be sending teams, while hosts Thailand will field two teams consisting of James Wattana, Dechawat Poomjaeng, Passakorn Suwannawat, and Thepchaiya Un-nooh. Countries represented at the PTT-EGAT Snooker World Cup 2011 are Thailand, England, Scotland, Wales, China, Australia, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Germany, Brazil, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, UAE, Poland, Malta, Egypt, and Belgium.

The PTT-EGAT Snooker World Cup 2011 is being held in honor of His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday.

Organized by BEC-Tero Entertainment Public Co. Ltd., the event is sanctioned by World Snooker Limited and the Billiard Sports Association of Thailand and carries a total prize purse of US$700,000.

The PTT-EGAT Snooker World Cup 2011 will be held from July 11-17 at Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara Grand at CentralWorld. Tickets are available at all Thaiticketmajor outlets, by calling 02 262 3838, or at www.thaiticketmajor.com and www.pttegatsnookerworldcup.com .

PHOTO: Centara Grand Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld / Photo from centarahotelsresorts.com