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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August 26, 2013 8:57 pm

Thank you Omar.

August 26, 2013 10:37 pm

Pakistan needs more entrepreneurs like Mr Omer.Thank you Sir

August 27, 2013 2:15 am

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

August 27, 2013 3:53 am

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

August 27, 2013 10:20 am

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........

August 27, 2013 10:56 am

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.

August 27, 2013 11:58 am

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

August 27, 2013 4:25 pm

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.

August 27, 2013 4:36 pm

good job Mr Nadeem Omer...:)

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