PBSA forfeits Asian U-21 championship hosting rights

Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association


A senior official of the PBSA has said that Pakistan would no longer be hosting the Asian event that was to be held in Karachi next April.
"There were security concerns from some countries about playing even in Karachi which has been relatively peaceful in recent times," PBSA President, Alamgir Sheikh said.
Sheikh said after Pakistan's regret at hosting the event it will now be held in the Indian city of Indore in the same time frame.
Chairman of the PBSA, Asghar Valika who recently returned from India after attending the World snooker championship in Hyderabad said that the situation in Pakistan at present was very encouraging for teams who were to participate in the championship.
"We had no option but to surrender our hosting rights," he added.

Praising the organisation of the World Championship in India, he said the Indian government had given a lot of support for the mega event which was morale boosting for the players and for the promotion of the sport.

Valika who is vice-president of the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF), said that Syria has been awarded the 2010 World Snooker Championship.
The decision, he said, was taken at the annual general meeting of the world governing body which met in Hyderabad on November 24.
He said the first 6-Red ball World Snooker championship would also be held in Dubai in April next.
"Being adviser to UAE Snooker Federation, I proposed the launch of the event which was tabled by all member nations," he said.

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