Saif to lead hosts Qatar’s challenge


QATAR will field an eight-member squad for the World Snooker Championships which begins at the Al Sadd Indoor Hall on Saturday.

Ahmed Saif, who created history four years ago by becoming the country’s first snooker player to turn professional, will lead the country’s challenge. Bashar Hussein, Abdulatif Fawal, Mohsen Bukshaisha, Abdullah Al Suwaidi and the Obaidly brothers — Ali, Mohanna and Khamis — are the other members of the team. The players have been training at the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation (QBSF) Hall under the watchful eyes of English coach Alan Trigg, who replaced compatriot Mike Russell last year.

The International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF)-sanctioned tournament will conclude on November 30.

India’s Pankaj Advani is the defending champion. He defeated China’s Zhao Xintong 8-6 in last edition’s final at Hurghada, Egypt.

The IBSF’s Annual General Assembly and election of new office bearers will also be held on its sidelines. 


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