Preview: Draws released for the 2024 Asia Oceania Q School

Credit: Getty Images/Richard PelhamCredit: Getty Images/Richard Pelham
Credit: Getty Images/Richard Pelham
Four professional tour cards will be won at the upcoming Asia Oceania Q School held at the BSAT Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, and the draws for both events have now been released.

Played between May 22 to June 2 - at the same time the UK Q School is taking place in Leicester, England - the finalists of both events one and two will earn promotion to the World Snooker Tour, gaining two-year cards for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 seasons.

It will be the third consecutive year that this particular Q School will be held; 12 months ago, recently announced WST Rookie of the Year He Guoqiang was one of those who graduated from the system.

A total of 12 different Asian countries are set to be represented across this year's installment.

On this year's entry list is Himanshu Jain; the Indian cueist qualified from the inaugural Asia Oceania Q School in 2022, but having just lost his card, the 32-year-old will be looking to bounce straight back.

China's Gao Yang got on the pro tour back in 2020 after winning the WSF Junior Championship but subsequently fell off. He nearly booked a return a few months ago when he reached the final of the WSF Championship, but lost to Ka Wai Cheung. Yang will likely be one of the favourites to emerge in the coming days.

The 2018 WSF Championship winner Luo Honghao has a similar story to fellow countryman Gao; he's also scheduled to be in the Thai capital to win back his professional status.

Former professionals Pakistan's Hamza Akbar and Thailand's Sunny Akani (Akani Songsermsawad) are both the draws.

Qatar's Ali Alobaidli, the current IBSF world amateur champion who featured as a wildcard in the recent Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker, is expected to feature, too.

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