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World Snooker Tour (WST) chairman Barry Hearn is confident that Judd Trump (pictured) will get the chance to defend his title this summer. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

World Snooker Tour (WST) chairman Barry Hearn is confident that Judd Trump (pictured) will get the chance to defend his title this summer. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

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World Snooker Tour (WST) chairman Barry Hearn is confident that Judd Trump (pictured) will get the chance to defend his title this summer. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Most sporting events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future but snooker action looks set to resume over the coming months with the World Snooker Championship rescheduled to begin on July 31 in Sheffield.

World Snooker has announced plans for the World Championship to take place in the Crucible Theatre from July 31 to August 16 "with a full crowd as usual" subject to government policy.

It had originally been scheduled to get underway last weekend but World Snooker Tour (WST) chairman Barry Hearn is confident that Judd Trump will get the chance to defend his title this summer.

"The world is going through a very challenging period but live sport can be a massive inspiration for the public and can boost morale. This gives fans of top class sport something on their calendar to look ahead to and enjoy for 17 days," Hearn said.

Safe

"It is crucial for our 128 tour players to know that we are doing everything we can to get our circuit going again as soon as it is considered safe to do so by the government.

"The players are self-employed and they need opportunities to earn, while we keep the health and safety of everyone involved in an event of this scale as a priority," continued Hearn.

"Our sincere hope is that we are able to play the tournament with a full crowd as usual."

The top 16 seeds earn an automatic place and they will be joined by the 16 players who come through the qualifying rounds, although dates for the qualifiers have yet to be confirmed.