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Crucible could lose World Championship to China replica

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The World Snooker Championship could be moved away from the Crucible to an exact replica venue outside Beijing, according to the Telegraph.

The game's presiding authority, Barry Hearn, reportedly spent much of this year's tournament - won by Mark Selby on Monday - in talks with Sheffield Council over the tournament's future, despite saying he would never allow it to switch venues.

China represents the biggest market for the game, with Hearn knowing the country will pay whatever it takes to secure the event.

Promoter Star is currently completing the replica of the Sheffield venue, with the BBC's contract to screen the tournament expiring in 2017.

The World Championship has been held at the Crucible since 1977.

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