Karachi: Mohammad Asif said that although he won the World Snooker Championship and his compatriots lauded him much, but it was depressing for him that the government failed to award him according to its written policy.
“When I won the World Championship title, I received warm welcome when I returned from Bulgaria and I was praised in the media. It was also announced in the media that I would be receiving Rs ten million according to sports policy of Pakistan. However, I have not received any assurances yet even after several months have passed, which is very discouraging,” Asif told reporters here on Monday.
Mohammad Asif has arrived in Karachi to feature in NBP Ranking Snooker Championship, which begins August 21 at NBP Sports Complex.
Meanwhile, The Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association PBSA chief Alamgir Sheikh expressed his dissatisfaction over non-selection of Asif for the Pride of Performance Award 2013.
“He Asif is the most prolific athlete of the country during the last the year. He won IBSF World Snooker Championship and also the Asian 6Red Snooker Championship within the span of six months, which is itself an unparallel feat in Pakistan. In spite of all these achievements, his efforts are not recognized,” Alamgir said.
Alamgir said that he should have received Pride of Performance Award also a cheque of Rs 10 million from the government but he received none.
“He didn’t get which he deserves and I fear he may lose his interest in the sport and we lose an asset of the country,” Alamgir Shaikh stressed.
Muhammad Asif, who has achieved unparalleled success by winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship – 201213 in Bulgaria and the ACBS Asian 6Red Snooker Championship – 201314 in Qatar within a span of six months.