Vegan snooker player Neil Robertson has won for a second time The Masters’ tournament, which took place between 9th and 16th January 2022 at Alexandra Palace in London, UK.
The 16 competitors were invited to the tournament based on their world rankings, and the 39-year-old Australian former world champion won when he defeated Barry Hawkins 10–4 in the final. Yan Bingtao was the defending champion, but he lost in the first round.
Robertson has been vegan for eight years, influenced by Peter Ebdon, a fellow vegan professional snooker player, and the vegan athlete Carl Lewis. He told the BBC seven years ago that before changing to a plant-based diet “I used to feel very tired during tournaments. I was drinking four or five coffees per day and felt I needed more. Now I’m able to practice an awful lot more without getting tired.”
Although snooker does not seem the most athletic of sports, at a competitive level it requires a great deal of concentration and stamina. Being physically fit due to a plant-based diet can help with that. Another sport that people do not assume require athletic-style physical fitness is car racing, but this is just a lack of knowledge of what happens when drivers compete at the top level. They have to be very strong to withstand up to 3.5 g of force and have excellent endurance as the race may last for over an hour in difficult environmental conditions. Vegan Formula 1 driver Sir Lewis Hamilton (recently knighted by the Queen of England), who won a joint-record seven World Drivers’ Championship titles, told CNN: “I’m not putting more weight on because, with this new plant-based diet, I can have more carbs which is contradictory of what you’d normally have thought diet-wise, but I’m not going to complain, I love pancakes so it’s great”. Hamilton is believed to be a vegan for the animals and the planet, not just to win races.