Eleven countries confirm participation in Asian Snooker
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