Ronnie O'Sullivan pulls out of the International Championship

Last Updated: 31/10/12 12:47pm

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Ronnie O'Sullivan: No trip to China due to illness

Ronnie O'Sullivan: No trip to China due to illness

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Ronnie O'Sullivan has pulled out of the International Championship, which starts on Sunday in China, for medical reasons.

The 36-year-old was due to face either Michael White or Lu Haotian on Monday evening at the world ranking event in Chengdu, and the winner of that match will now receive a bye to the last 16.

The four-time world champion issued a statement through his management company confirming he will not travel to China on medical advice, although he did not elaborate on the nature of his illness.

"I'm very sorry that I had to officially withdraw from the International Championship, due to ongoing health problems," the statement read.

"I would have loved to be fit to compete in Chengdu but I have been advised by my doctor not to travel.

"I want to sincerely apologise to Worldsnooker, the sponsors and the fans for the disappointment caused. I look forward to see you all soon."

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: "We have been made aware that Ronnie has been unwell. The usual process for players pulling out of tournaments will now be applied.

"This is a huge disappointment for all of the fans in China who were hoping to see him play.

"However there is still an outstanding line-up of the world's best players at the International Championship and it will be a top class event."

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