WITH the hustle and bustle of pool games over, the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation (QBSF) will now turn its attention to snooker.
The QBSF is set to host the World Snooker Championship from November 20 to 30 and its president Mohammed Mubarak Al Ramzani feels conditions are perfect.
“We’ve been hosting the World 9-Ball Pool Championship since 2010. This year, we’re hosting two Worlds and that too without much gap. But we’re ready for the challenge,” said Al Ramzani.
The QBSF’s contract with World Pool-Billiards Association to host the 9-Ball Pool Championship runs till 2017 whereas Snooker Worlds is expected be a one-off affair.
“We had the privilege of hosting the 25th edition of World 9-Ball Pool Championship and it was a resounding success by all means. We hope to make Snooker Worlds also a big success. The International Billiards and Snooker Federation has complete faith in our organisational abilities and we won’t let it down,” he added.
Though none of the Qatari players could advance past the round of 64 in the 9-Ball Worlds, Al Ramzani feels there is scope for improvement.
“I must admit that overall they played gallantly and showed they can take on some of the best in the pool. Unlike players from other countries, Arab cueists take up the sport very late. I believe there’s a huge potential for the game in the country and I want to see more people taking up the sport at a young age,” he said.