Reanne Evans, the ladies snooker champion criticises the Chairmans’ efforts to close the gender divide.


Equal opportunity should mean equal pay – or winnings in this case. However, there is a colossal difference in prize money. You can’t create a world champion from a handful of competitors – it takes thousands. And you’re not going to get thousands of teenage girls taking up snooker as a profession on the sort of winnings they get. Snooker is a minority sport.
If the ladies tour had similar winnings then the pool of talent would grow and very soon we’d have a world champion. The general appeal of the sport would increase and consequently the size of the winnings would increase.

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