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World amateur snooker champ Asif to go pro

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.

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Aug 26, 2013 08:57pm

Thank you Omar.

Aug 26, 2013 10:37pm

Pakistan needs more entrepreneurs like Mr Omer.Thank you Sir

Aug 27, 2013 02:15am

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

Aug 27, 2013 03:53am

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

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........

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.

Aug 27, 2013 11:58am

Really good to see that sports is finally being encouraged! Winning a title goes miles beyond its money value

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.

Aug 27, 2013 04:36pm

good job Mr Nadeem Omer...:)