Barry Hearn, Chairman of the World Snooker Tour, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours for his services to sport.
Read the story on the World Snooker Tour site here
Barry Hearn awarded OBE
There is also an in depth interview with Hearn on sportinglife.com
Apart from the obvious achievements over the last decade relating to professional snooker, many people don’t see that the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation makes significant donations to a number of charities. Part of the Foundation’s funding comes a contribution equivalent to £1 per ticket sold for every Matchroom Sport event.
There have also been calls from many for Hearn to put money back into grassroots snooker. In a way, he already does.
The WPBSA, is the world governing body for the sports of snooker and billiards. The WPBSA is a not-for-profit organisation and is a 26% stakeholder in World Snooker Limited who administer the World Snooker Tour. This allows the WPBSA to generate income which can then be re-invested back into the WPBSA to drive the sport’s development.
We can now only hope that nothing else stands in the way of Hearn’s plans for 2021 and the World Snooker Championship can have crowds back at the Crucible.