A few days after Ryder Cup golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez criticised the European Tour for allowing a 13-year-old to play in the European Masters in Switzerland, snooker is facing a similar accusation of failing to protect talented teens for their own good.
Chinese youngster Yuan Sijun's snooker cue towers over him, but he was handed a wildcard by local sponsors to face Xiao Guodong - a veteran by comparison at the age of 24 - for a place in the first round of the Shanghai Masters.
As you can see from our exclusive footage of this morning's action in China, it hardly seemed worth the effort as the kid made a highest break of only 14 in losing 5-0 to his compatriot, who had the freedom of the table in making breaks of 61, 54, 122, 47 and 40 to progress.
"I heard the news that I was given a wild card when I was in Beijing," said Yuan. "I kept my passion throughout my training camp days and was feeling quite good, but when I walked into the venue I suddenly felt like sleeping and I was very tired.
"I think if you keep practising hard your game will certainly improve. I won't think about beating anyone. Ronnie O'Sullivan is surely my idol because he has a fluent playing style, very enjoyable to watch without missing too many. I hope I will have a chance to play him when I'm 15 or 16."
All these shenanigans comes only a week after teenage golfer Ye Wo-cheng, just turned 13, was handed an invitation to participate around Crans-sur-Sierre last week.
Ye played in the China Open golf tournament at the age of 12 in May, but missed the cut with a 78 and 76 that left him at +12 for the opening two rounds of the tournament.
"It is nice to see that golf is interesting no matter what the age, but for me, a 13-year-old competing against professionals is a little a bit too young," said Jimenez. "People want to start things too early, and a 13-year-old should be playing alongside other 13-year-olds and not players averaging 33 years of age.
"No doubt the sponsor wants publicity for the tournament. But then it seems you have to go looking for under-age players to promote yourself. I'm sorry, this should not be allowed."