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Ronnie O'Sullivan expects China to dominate snooker's next generation thanks to funding

Ronnie O’Sullivan insists a lack of investment in snooker’s grass roots in the UK has left a talent vacuum at the top.The Rocket watched on as Chinese 24-year-old Zhao Xintong won the UK Championship at the weekend – with compatriot Yan Bingtao, 21, currently holding the Masters title.Four years ago Shaun Murphy branded Sport England ‘snobs’ for their lack of any significant funding for grass-roots snooker compared to China – and also relative to what they dish out for other sports.Very little has changed since, and lines are being drawn between the lack of any real contenders at home and the flood of talent emerging from China.Six-time world champion O’Sullivan, 46, said: “I can’t think of a single player from the UK in that 18-24 age
dailystar.co.uk

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