Nadeem Omar, director of Omar Associates, presents a check of two million rupees to Pakistan
Nadeem Omar, director of Omar Associates, presents a check of two million rupees to Pakistan's world amateur snooker champion Mohammad Asif in Karachi. -Photo by APP

KARACHI: World amateur snooker champion Mohammad Asif announced Monday that he will go professional next year after getting $20,000 in sponsorship from an entrepreneur.

The 31-year-old Pakistani won the amateur title in Bulgaria last year and had been waiting since for cash assistance to fulfil his childhood dream of joining the professional circuit.

That ambition will be realised after entrepreneur Nadeem Omar stumped up two million rupees ($20,000).

An “overwhelmed” Asif says he will now defend his title in Latvia in November before going pro.

Omar said he came to know about Asif's plight through the media.

“Since he deserved that after winning the world title, I decided to give him his due,” Omar, chief executive of Omar Associates, told reporters.

Omar also finances local cricket teams in Pakistan.

Asif is Pakistan's second world amateur snooker champion after Mohammad Yousuf won the title in 1994.

Updated Aug 26, 2013 08:42pm

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Rana
Aug 26, 2013 08:57pm

Thank you Omar.

skeptic
Aug 26, 2013 10:37pm

Pakistan needs more entrepreneurs like Mr Omer.Thank you Sir

Goran
Aug 27, 2013 02:15am

Asif, good luck on the professional circuit.....and Mr. Omar, great gesture for local sports sir

Amir
Aug 27, 2013 03:53am

Good job! Mr. Nadeem Omar for supporting sports in the country, May Allah Bless you.

smroofi
Aug 27, 2013 10:20am

so, after a long time, financial support has been given to Asif. it is a shame for pakistanis that they have champions but no support for them........

mba
Aug 27, 2013 10:56am

Congratulations to Asif and lot of thanks to Mr. Omar for giving us some hope. Good news regarding our country are exceptional in the media.

Ammad
Aug 27, 2013 11:58am

Really good to see that sports is finally being encouraged! Winning a title goes miles beyond its money value – Asif has presented a very good image of Pakistan to the rest of the world. It shows that, despite all our issues, we are strong enough to produce a sportsman who can take Champion’s Trophy.

Ammad Bolee

Farras
Aug 27, 2013 04:25pm

Well done Mr. Nadeem Omar for not only supporting M.Asif but also cricketers by having a cricket team. We need more people liek you. At the same time, the politicians who promised these amounts should be ashamed for not fulfilling their promises.

TAYYAB
Aug 27, 2013 04:36pm

good job Mr Nadeem Omer...:)