Eleven coun­tries con­firm par­tic­i­pa­tion in Asian Snooker

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS - KARACHI—

Eleven na­tions have so far con­firmed to take part in 29th edi­tion of Asian Snooker Cham­pi­onship be­ing staged here from April 27 to May 3, Pak­istan Bil­liards and Snooker Fed­er­a­tion (PBSF) an­nounced here. “We are ex­pect­ing around 16-10 na­tions to fea­ture in the con­ti­nen­tal snooker gala,” PBSF Chief Alam­gir Shaikh said. “We are go­ing with plans to host the event in a be­fit­ting man­ner.”

He said Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, In­dia, Iran, Kuwait, Mon­go­lia, Philip­pines, South Korea, Syria and Qatar have so far con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event.

He ex­pressed the hope that Bahrain, Iraq, Jor­dan, Le­banon, United Arab Emi­rates, Thai­land would also con­fer their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event shortly. Pak­istan would be host­ing the event for the fourth time af­ter con­duct­ing it ear­lier in 1991, 1998 and 2007.

He said eight Pak­istan cueists wold be fea­tur­ing in t he Asian event f or which Asian Con­fed­er­a­tion of Bil­liards Sports (ACBS) has al­ready granted per­mis­sion. Newly crowned Na­tional Cham­pion Hamza Ak­bar, Im­ran She­hzad, Reign­ing World Cham­pion Muham­mad Asif, former Asian num­ber two Muham­mad Sa­j­jad, former Na­tional Cham­pion As­jad Iqbal are al­most cer­tain to se­cure a place in the Asian Cham­pi­onship.

PBSF Pres­i­dent said the cri­te­ria of se­lect­ing Pak­istan team would be de­cided dur­ing the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Meet­ing. He said things are on the track for cham­pi­onship and they ex­pected to re­ceive the ta­bles from China which will be used in the event.

Snooker got a big boost af­ter Muham­mad Asif of Pak­istan won IBSF World Ama­teur crown in Sofia (Bul­garia) in De­cem­ber last. How­ever PBSF suf­fered a set-back when sched­uled Indo-Pak Snooker se­ries among two arch-ri­vals was post­poned due to a blast in Karachi last month.—APP

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