Snooker's Betfred World Championship has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was scheduled to be played from April 18 to May 4, with the World Snooker Tour announcing its intention to instead stage it at the Crucible in Sheffield in July or August.

The news follows this week's Tour Championship being moved to July, having initially been switched behind closed doors.

WST chairman Barry Hearn said:

These are tough times for everyone but we are determined to get through it.

Barry Hearn