Karachi: Following apathy of the host Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI), who failed to get clearance for three participating nations from their government, the 15th edition of Asian U-21 Snooker Championship – 2014 has been postponed by Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports (ACBS).
The tournament was scheduled to run from April 4-10 in Mohali in India however Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran didn’t received clearance for Indian visas for participation in the tournament from BSFI.
“We have received a letter from ACBS, who confirmed the championship has officially been postponed for a couple of months. The reason was that Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran did not receive clearance for their visas for participation,” Alamgir Shaikh, President Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA), told PPI.
“The new dates and venue of the event will now be decided by the ACBS Board in the forthcoming Annual General Meeting, at the occasion of the 30th Asian Snooker Championship 2014 in Al Fujairah UAE,” he added.
Alamgir said that BSFI showed lack of professionalism on this occasion as it has been their duty to provide clearance for participating nations on time.
“The reason they gave was that their country was going through election fervour and relevant ministers were not present, who would have provided the clearance. However, such things had been expected and they (BSFI) should have done it before time in order to host the event,” he added.
“However, it has been a good news for us that the event has been postponed as our players and management were frustrated because we thought the championship would be organized without our participation and the team prepared for nothing,” he said.
Alamgir said ASBC has assured PBSA that they would make sure that Pakistan participate in the event and get clearance on time when the event would be organized in future.