Cueists waiting for govt. grants for IBSF top events

Karachi: Everything is ready for Pakistani cueists for their participation in IBSF World 6Red and World Team Event Snooker Championships starting September 29 in Carlow, Ireland, except much required government grants.

Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association PBSA on Tuesday received visas of Ireland for its players for participation in the two events.

“All arrangements regarding the Pakistan Team’s participation in the above IBSF World events have been finalized. The PBSA now awaits the release of the special grant required to meet the expenses of the team from the Pakistan Sports Board PSB,” PBSA President Alamgir Sheikh said on Tuesday.

World Champion Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Sajjad would be representing Pakistan in the tournament while Shabbir Hussain would also accompany the team as Officiating Referee.

The team is scheduled to leave for Dublin on Saturday.

“The PBSA had requested the Director General of the Pakistan Sports Board and the Minister of Inter Provincial Coordination IPC to expedite the release of the Special Grant for the these Championships, enabling the Association to bear the expenses of participation of the team,” he said.

“However, PBSA has still not received the said grants and we are worried that if the grant is not received in time, then the team might not be able to participate in the tournament,” he said.

He further said that Director General PSB, Syed Amir Hamza Gilani in this regard has given assurance to the association for the release of half of the grant before the team’s departure. “However the association is yet to receive the grant when only two days were remaining,” he added.

The association has appealed to the Ministry IPC and the PSB not to put the snooker team’s participation in jeopardy and release the committed partial grant which would cover the participation expenses of the team in Ireland.

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