Foulds holds his ground in motion of no confidence: Snooker

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Geoff Foulds refused to stand down as chairman and director of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association last night despite a motion of no confidence going against him in Bristol. A resolution lodged by five players, including Stephen Hendry, the world champion, calling for Foulds to quit was easily passed at an extraordinary general meeting.

Only nine of the 39 votes cast supported the successor to John Spencer, the previous incumbent who resigned last year. Foulds, however, remained in office, saying: "I will not resign on the strength of a meeting where I believe the members were misled." Foulds could stay as chairman until 6 May when his re-election comes up automatically.

If his opponents get their way he will be ousted before the end of next month and a number of full voting members have asked the WPBSA to reconvene another EGM - which must take place within 29 days.

Stephen Hendry's chances of remaining the world No 1 for an eighth successive season were bolstered at the Thailand Open in Bangkok yesterday as his main rival, John Higgins, lost 5-3 to the Australian, Quinten Hann, in the first round.

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