QBSF set to host array of international, continental and regional tournaments this month
A total of 41 players from 18 countries across Asia will be in action at the Asian Snooker Championship to be hosted by the Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation (QBSF) from September 12 to 16 at the Al Messila Resort in Doha.
The tournament is the first of the three international, continental and Gulf championships in snooker and billiards, which the QBSF will be hosting throughout September.
A total of 100 players from about 30 countries are participating in the tournaments.
Immediately following the Asian snooker championship, the Six-Red World Championship will take place from September 17 to 21, while the GCC Billiards and Snooker Championship will be held from September 22 to 28.
Eight Qatari players - Muhanna Al Obaidly, Ahmed Seif, Mohammad Al Binali, Khamis Al Obaidly, Mohammad Al Sharshani, Bashar Hussein, Ali Al Obaidly, and Mansour Al Obaidly will take part in the competitions.
Ahead of the competition, the QBSF set up a training camp for the players to adequately prepare them, especially considering their long absence from participating in top-notch competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Referees Committee, chaired by Mashalesh Al-Khayarin, which included five Qatari referees out of 18 international referees, has also been approved by the QBSF in cooperation with the Asian Confederation.
President of the Asian Confederation and QBSF Executive Director Mohamed Salem Al-Nuaimi said that all preparations are ready for Qatar to host three consecutive world, continental and Gulf championships this month.
“Qatar occupies a prominent position at the Gulf, Arab and Asian levels in snooker and billiards. The country has also made remarkable impacts internationally. The federation is focused on advancing the sport and developing the players while at the same time discovering and nurturing promising heroes,” he added.
For his part, QBSF President Mohamed Al-Ramzani, stressed the importance of Doha hosting three consecutive tournaments - world, continental and Gulf championships this month.
According to him, QBSF hosting these tournaments will, among many things, further help in developing the sport in the country and further enhance the experience of the players and their exposure to top-level competitions.
The delegations of 17 Asian countries will start arriving this weekend in Doha to participate in the tournament, organized by QBSF under the Ministry of Culture and Sports supervision.
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