Karachi: Cueists from 18 countries, including host Pakistan, will be seen in action when IBSF World 6-Red and Team Snooker Championships begin from August 6 here at Movenpick Hotel.
“Pakistan has produced world champions and many of its players reach final rounds in top international tournaments. I am happy to see this world tournament being organized in Pakistan,” Maxime Cassis, Vice President International Snooker and Billiard Federation (IBSF) and President of European Snooker Federation, said here in a press briefing at Movenpick Hotel on Wednesday.
Apart from Pakistan, cueists from Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, China, Egypt, England, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Latvia, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and UAE will participate in the tournament.
Asian Confederation of Billiards and Snooker (ACBS) treasurer Joseph Loo of Hong Kong, who was also in attendance during the press briefing, will be the tournament director.
Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) President Alamgir Shiekh on the occasion said that a total of 26 cueists of Pakistan will be seen action. Moreover, around 20 to 22 players from neighbouring India will also arrive in Karachi to participate in the tournament.
The men’s 6-Red event carries a prize purse of USD 8000 while women’s event carries USD 3000. The men’s team event carries a prize purse of USD 6000 while the master’s team event carries USD 2500.
Indian Pankaj Advani, who will be competing in this event as well, is the defending champion of men’s 6-Red event. Thailand’s Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan is women’s 6-Red event’s champion, however, she wouldn’t be competing in this edition since Thailand is not sending its team.
Hong Kong will be seen defending men’s team event title. Masters team event defending champions Wales is not participating in the tournament.
Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Siddiqui praised PBSA and its President Alamgir Sheikh for organizing this tournament in Karachi.
“PBSA must be appreciated for its efforts to organize international tournaments in the country. Such tournaments will definitely help lift the soft image of Karachi and Pakistan. Sports are the best medium to show to the world that Pakistan is a peace-loving nation,” Shoaib said.
“Those foreign players and officials, who will be here for next few days, will In Sha Allah (if god willing) take back fond memories and comfortable stay in the city and hopefully would comeback in future events as well. In this way, the image of our country as a peace-loving nation could be restored,” he added.
Alamgir praised Shoaib for extending full support and providing fool-proof security to the foreign players and officials.