It is inevitable that snooker’s World Championship will one day move from Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre to China, according to legend of the game Jimmy White.
Snooker’s showpiece event has been held in the city since 1977.
White, aged 51, said: “I would always want to see the World Championship stay where it is, but it will go to China one day. I can’t see it not happening.”
But World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn rejected White’s claims and said: “It will never move in my lifetime.”
Five of the sport’s 11 ranking events are held in China, which also hosts dates on the Asian tour and is producing many top players.