Ab­basi qual­i­fies 3rd time con­sec­u­tively in WYSC Qual­i­fiers 2016 Fi­nal League

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KARACHI—Ahmed Ab­dul­lah Ab­basi was among the top ten play­ers qual­i­fied for 3rd con­sec­u­tive time for World Youth Scrab­ble Cham­pi­onship (WYSC).

The qual­i­fy­ing rounds for 2016 Fi­nal League were held at a lo­cal ho­tel on Sun­day.

WYSC is sched­uled to com­mence from Au­gust 27-29 at Lille city in France.

Play­ers qual­i­fied in WYSC Qual­i­fiers 2016 Fi­nal League for the World cham­pi­onship in­cluded Ab­basi, Ali Rashid Khan, Shoaid Sanaullah, Syed Imaad Ali, Ahad Riaz, Hasan Bi­nar­shad, Hasham Hadi Khan, Muham­mad Talha, Mud­dasir Javed Me­mon and Da­nial Iqbal.

Ab­basi qual­i­fied two times ear­lier and played in WYSC and stood sec­ond in WYSC, Vice Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Scrab­ble As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA), Tariq Per­vaiz said this while speak­ing on the con­clud­ing ses­sion of WYSC Qual­i­fiers 2016 Fi­nal League.

Ali Rashid Khan, Hasan Bi­nar­shad and Hasham Hadi Khan qual­i­fied 2nd time for WYSC but ear­lier they could not win de­spite their out­stand­ing per­for­mance in the cham­pi­onship, he added.

Be­sides, three se­nior play­ers are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in World Se­nior Scrab­ble Cham­pi­onship (WSSC) com­menc­ing from Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 04 in the France, he said adding among them Moiz Baig is World Cham­pi­onship who won the World Cham­pi­onship in 2013.

Maria Ashraf is World Youth Cham­pion in 2014 and there is huge tal­ent in Pak­istan but we are fac­ing visa is­sues, he said adding dur­ing last year in 2015, three top ten play­ers could not get Aus­tralian Visa and be­cause of this, we had to face de­feat in the cham­pi­onship de­spite we were 90 per cent sure to win.

Ear­lier, we did not get any fi­nan­cial sup­port from any source like gov­ernemnt or pri­vate or spon­sor­ship, he said adding this time Shangrilla Food has made com­mit­ment to spon­sor the event.

The rounds of WYSC Qual­i­fiers 2016 League were held ear­lier where 800 play­ers par­tic­i­pated and 40 play­ers have been short-listed on their per­for­mance ba­sis so far, he said.

Now, top ten play­ers have been se­lected from short-listed 40 play­ers on two­day ses­sion held on Satur­day and Sun­day, he added.

The win­ner of WYSC would be awarded with $2000 while the win­ner of WSSC would get the award of $10,000, he added.

We are launch­ing train­ing camp for play­ers who qual­i­fied for WYSC Qual­i­fiers 2016 League from next week and it would con­tinue till play­ers leave for France.—APP

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