World Snooker today announced that it is set to hold a new ranking event in India, where the sport was invented, and that it will be staged in October.

This will be the first ever ranking event held in India as the sport continues to expand across the globe following recent success in China and continental Europe.

India has long been touted as a possible future destination and will now become the 11th ranking event this season following the sports growing popularity out there.

The Indian Open is set to run in Delhi from October 14 to 18 and will feature 64 of the world's top ranked players.

World Snooker chairman, Barry Hearn, said: "This is a momentous announcement for snooker as we stage a world ranking event in India for the very first time. If we can replicate the phenomenal success we have had in China then India will be a very exciting prospect.

"It's amazing to think that snooker was invented in India in 1875, and now nearly 140 years later we are taking the world's leading players back for a major ranking tournament.

"This is fantastic opportunity for the players to showcase their skills in a new territory and I hope they grasp it."

The qualifying rounds will be held on August 11 and 12 in the Doncaster Dome, all players in World Snooker are expected to compete for a place at the new event. The winner is expected to take home £50,000 of the event's £300,000 prize money.


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