Jubilee Insurance Snooker C’ship begins Sept 20

Karachi: Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association PBSA is organizing the third edition of Jubilee Insurance Ranking Snooker Championship from September 20 to 26 here at Sheraton Hotel.

Top 24 national cueists and a national junior champion would be seen in action during a weeklong event.

World Champion Mohammad Asif would also feature in the tournament. The tournament offers total prize purse of Rs 165,000.

The 25 players would be divided into four groups – three groups of six players and one group of seven players. The qualifying rounds would be played on seven frames while quarterfinals and semifinals would best of nine and eleven frames respectively. The final will be a best of 15 frames affair.

The PBSA President Alamgir Sheikh said that PBSA has been regularly organizing snooker tournaments – around one event every month, which other sports federations lack in.

“We have a distinction of organizing tournaments regularly every year, which other sports federations lack in,” Alamgir told reporters during a press briefing on Wednesday here at a local hotel.

He said that after featuring in the tournament, top Pakistani cueists would also feature in IBSF World 6Reds and Team Snooker Championship to be held in Carlow, Ireland from September 29 to October 6.

“However, our participation in the prestigious events are subject to the funds to be released by the Pakistan Sports Board PSB,” he said.

Alamgir also unveiled rusted World Championship Trophy, which Muhammad Asif won last year in December in Sofia, Bulgaria.

“It is a running trophy and it was in India, who won the last edition of the tournament. International Billiards and Snooker Federation IBSF asked Indians late to send the trophy so we have now received it almost about nine months late,” Alamgir said.

The trophy was made in 1957 and Pakistan would have to return it to the titlists of the World Snooker Championship’s next edition.

Alamgir also urged to the government officials to release the cash award for World and Asian Champion Asif.

“As per sports policy of Pakistan, Asif is entitled to cash awards of Rs 10 million as World Champion and Rs 5 million as Asian Champion. It is a huge distinction for Asif for winning two World and Continental title with in the span of six months. To encourage our sportsmen, government should not delay, what it states in its own books,” he added.

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