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Asif claims IBSF World Snooker Championship title


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Mohammad Asif. -File photo

KARACHI: Pakistan's Mohammad Asif defeated England's Gary Wilson in the final to win the IBSF World Snooker Championship on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Asif, who was unbeaten in the tournament, defeated Wilson 10-8.

In a best of nineteen frames match, Asif was leading through most of the final and was 6-3 up at the break. Pakistan's number one cueist started off well reaching 3-1 but later made mistakes which Wilson took advantage of  to win the the fifth and the sixth frames to level the scores at 3-3.

Wilson made a comeback after the break, levelling the scores at 8-8. At this point in the match, Asif demonstrated brilliant cue control to win the seventeenth and eighteenth frame to clinch the title.

President of the Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association, Alamgir Sheikh, termed the victory a turning point for snooker in Pakistan.

"Asif worked very hard to win this and it is a very big victory, a turning point for the sport in Pakistan. I hope the government takes notice and supports these boys," Sheikh said while speaking to

Asif was the third Pakistani to reach the final of the world event and the second one to win it. Before him, Mohammad Yousuf  won it in 1994 while, in 2003, Saleh Mohammad was defeated by Pankaj Advani of India.

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peacelover Dec 03, 2012 01:07am
Congrats Asif! Great job. Notice not a single Indian comment on this news. If it was a negative news related to Pakistan, there would be hundreds of Indian comments ridiculing Pakistan and thousands thumbs up of for it.
Zeta Dec 03, 2012 07:48am
Proud of you mate. Congrats and well done
Pakistanian Dec 03, 2012 09:36am
As proud as I am with his victory. The narrative of the report is misleading due to the fact that it was an Amateur event and not World Championsh Snooker (which btw Rony Won).
Jumma Dec 03, 2012 09:51am
HE was not supported by any pakistani sports body
Kumar Dec 02, 2012 08:58pm
congrats dude....awesome
Qaiser Hussain Dec 02, 2012 08:47pm
you are probing the wrong site,please look in .ASIF has won from 100 players from 46 countries including INDIA.
8Ball Dec 03, 2012 03:38pm
Please keep your uninformed comments to yourself and stop taking away from Asif's achievement. The report clearly states that Asif won the IBSF World Snooker Championship and that is what the event is officially called ( This was an amateur tournament and the World Snooker Championship is the pro event. They are two different things. Going pro is the next step for Asif. Do your homework before pouring water over Asif's performance with your confusing comments. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association recognises Asif's win (,,13165~2999042,00.html) What the hell are you trying to say anyways?
Numair Dec 02, 2012 08:18pm
Because IBSF World Snooker Championship is an amateur event and not the professional/real one.
khurram Dec 02, 2012 08:12pm
Ab government ko chahiyay k is bay charay ko koi achi job day day .... kiyun k yeh world champ Faisal abad main apna snooker club chala ker guzara kerta hay .... pls pls pls support him by giving him any good job.... her kuttay billay ko is mulk main job milti hay ma siwayay un ko jin ko milni chahiyay ............. 2000 k baad mulk na naam rosha kernay wala snooker ka bohat bara player hay asif... may Allah bless him ..
haris Dec 03, 2012 02:52pm
@HJ: not just by betting but smuggling and consuming Drugs were two most glorious achievements by our pacemaker.
Ather Dec 03, 2012 03:02pm
Asif, you are my hero! You are the true Pakistani who deserves commendation from the entire country. Thankyou Asif and Allah Bless You!
haris Dec 03, 2012 02:56pm
Many Congratulations to M. Asif Next target would be "World Professional Snooker Championship"
Aizaz Ali Dec 03, 2012 03:30pm
Very nice ASIF (Y) PAkistan government should support Snooker. You are the person who brought any TROPHY after a long time in pakistan. We have lost hope from CRICKET We have lost hope from Hockey , and other games.. But u brough WORLD CUP OF SNOOKER IN PAKISTAN Salute to You and thank you for your effort.
Shahid Latif Dec 03, 2012 05:23pm
A very good news. You make us all proud. Well done.
Jamshed Khan Dec 03, 2012 04:48pm
Well done. Never new Pakistan had a talent in snooker.
Amal Dec 03, 2012 04:58pm
Congratulations Asif for winning amateur snooker championship. Atlast another Asian apart from Geet Sethi and Pankaj Advani in this sport making their name...
Mehmood Dec 04, 2012 08:24am
well done....keep it up
Mansoor Dec 03, 2012 11:38am
He is not the World Snooker Champion, check with your sports desk before posting such news - Genius !
FabiaNo Faris Dec 03, 2012 04:15pm
You're hero in pakistan Asif ,
SHABANA IRFAN. Dec 03, 2012 04:14pm
Atif Dec 03, 2012 12:29pm
@peacelover, @MBA I agree both of you.. because you both are correct..
Shahid Awan Dec 03, 2012 02:38am
Where are all our Valued Indian readers. No comment from them.
Imran Dec 04, 2012 12:57am
Now the "World Snooker Association" will ask for Asif's dope test or conduct sting operation for betting.
Hiz Dec 03, 2012 11:20am
Correction: this is NOT world championship match. Asif did beat current world champion Gary Wilson of Britain, but Wilson is the current world champion. The match in Sofia was NOT a world championship match. The only world championship matches held annually are in UK in May. So the match/series in Sofia, Bulgaria are not world title. Dawn should do their home work first.
Ahmed Dec 03, 2012 05:07am
Con grates to Pakistan and Muhammad Asif, he really did amazing job n made Pakistanis to proud on him and real curse on the Pakistan Sports Board and Govt of Pakistan for ot supporting such a talent....................
hamid Shafiq Dec 03, 2012 10:33am
i hope once our country old glory come back when four games chamion is pakistan and inwhich one of them is snooker.welldone M.Asif. longlive pakistan
Ahmed Dec 03, 2012 04:45am
One good news after so many bad news. It is time to celebrate this victory for a man which comes from a country where there are very few good news.
HJ Dec 03, 2012 10:17am
See what one Mohammad Asif can do to bring cheers to millions of pakistani and raise pak flag in the world, and see what the other Mohammad Asif did to bring shame by betting in cricket
Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan Dec 03, 2012 10:15am
Since Mohammed Asif was denied funds by Pakistan Sports Board and his participation in the championship was only made possible due to the efforts of PSBA , the officials of the Pakistan Sports Board should not only be forced out of their offices but also be tried in court for discouraging the young pakistani talent.
shafiq Dec 03, 2012 12:53pm
whole Pakistan is proud of you Asif.Thanks for making us Proud
Shahid Lakhani Dec 03, 2012 09:58am
Very well done. Allah SWT guide him to more victories.
Nina Dec 03, 2012 10:01am
They are only interested in bashing Pakistan, nothing else. So you won't see them here.
Jumma Dec 03, 2012 09:53am
It's figurative speech my man. It does not mean making all the worlf your slave. It means winning and being on top of the world in specific field or fields
Noman Aziz Dec 03, 2012 09:16am
Well done Asif & Congratulations to Pakistan.
Ajamal Dec 03, 2012 08:55am
Thanks and wish many more victories for the players from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, ........................................................
MBA Dec 03, 2012 08:16am
Why should we think about negative instances while we have an opportunity to be Happy?! Don
MBA Dec 03, 2012 08:10am
Probably we should start by ruling Pakistan well. Let the world take care of itself. In the first place I want to congratulate Asif for the victory.
Proud Pakistani Dec 03, 2012 07:58am
MashaAllah Mohammad Asif u have given nation a moment to proud of.. indeed it was your hardworking and fantastic talent. May Allah Bless u success and bestow others Pakistani's the abilities and skills to streer the vessel of Nation to greener pasture and glory. Pakistani and Proud Again!
Cynical Dec 03, 2012 06:40am
Why is the need to rule anybody, let alone the world? Would you like to be ruled? If not, then why do you assume anybody would accept you ruling them?
skeptic Dec 03, 2012 06:26am
God bless you champ for bringing pride to our country.
Seriously! Dec 03, 2012 06:06am
Well done! Nest Target is to get into the Professional Snooker! For all the Businesses out there....please come forward and sponsor these guys.....
salman Dec 03, 2012 05:55am
Pakistan Zindabad, now we are world champion in any sort of sports.
eskay Dec 03, 2012 05:54am
What a wonderful news. Mohammad Asif, you are the torch bearer for a fresh and successful era of Pakistan. May we as a nation bring back the glory of our beloved country, Inshallah. Allah (swt) is great.
rashid Dec 03, 2012 05:46am
well done. there are many mohammad asifs in pakistan who will bring fame not shame to pakistans name. once again congrats and may allah bless you. rashid.
Faraz Dec 03, 2012 05:32am
The final was streamed live on IBSF website.
Ali G Dec 03, 2012 05:27am
Superb performance...its high time the government give some attention to this sport and its promotion in the country...Congratulations Asif!!!
hasan khalid Dec 03, 2012 05:24am
Congrats Asif and to his family.
Jaweed Niaz Dec 02, 2012 05:43pm
Very good news. Hope Snooker is encouraged and we continue to win.
butseriouslyok Dec 04, 2012 04:21pm
We Indian would let you have your moment of glory in winning the "amateur" snooker championship...a few Indians have won this trophy too but it is 'amateur' and not 'professional'. Indians have nothing against your sports/art/science personalities .it is your dirty terror games that annoys us.
Xfar Dec 03, 2012 07:33am
this is what a Pakistani a can do if supported
Jehanzeb Idrees Dec 03, 2012 03:44am
Well done!
Abdul Rehman Dec 03, 2012 03:48am
Pakistanis are very talented in all fields but unfortunately we are lacking in leadership otherwise we would have ruled the world
Beg Dec 02, 2012 10:35pm
Zara num ho to ye matti bari zarkhaiz hai saqi
india love Dec 03, 2012 01:42am
Congratulations :)
Jibran Dec 02, 2012 07:18pm
Moeen, English is definitely not your first language. Using the word claim in victory is very common. Check out some of the news from NFL, NBA, NHL and you'll realize that clinch, claim, win, victory are all commonly used words.
Ken Dec 02, 2012 07:37pm
Asif certainly won the IBSF World Snooker Championship, (also known as the World Amateur Snooker Championship) is the premier non-professional snooker tournament in the world. A job well done! Now next stage is to play The World Professional Snooker Championship (leading professional snooker tournament in terms of both prize money and ranking points.) and defeat Ronnie O'Sullivan and claim GBP 1.1 Million pounds winning prize).
nust Dec 02, 2012 05:35pm
Moeen@iiui Dec 02, 2012 06:25pm
"claims"... or clinched ...asif won the world battle through much hard work and commitment but what i am getting from the title ...i think the authors tried to show that the title was self procalimed by the player...the title shows the summary of the story and if title used in such way then how you will motivate or mobilize the nation to stand and give the best out of them,...
Farrukh Shahzad Mir Dec 02, 2012 07:09pm
where have he won i couldn't find any information about him and the other player "gary willson" on internet and wikipedia except pakistani newspapers. not even on bbc snooker see the link here :
mian zahid mahmood Dec 02, 2012 06:16pm
well done sir!!! may your tribe increase!!! may there be many more!!! keep it up!!!
observer Dec 03, 2012 02:54am
Inshallah this nation will bounce back and be like any other nation in the world.
Taimur Dec 03, 2012 09:33am
Thank God that the nation is actually concentrating on sports other than cricket
Bilal Dec 02, 2012 10:24pm
Hats off, Respect!
Saud Musheer Dec 02, 2012 06:13pm
This guy is a big deal for Pakistani cue sport, I hope he gets the kind of respect he deserve... Very well played Asif... I just loved your fearless attitude at the green baize... Many congratulations from an old Indian friend... :)
Cricblogger Dec 02, 2012 06:34pm
Alhamdo Lillah! This is fantastic news. The government needs to promote all sports in the country especially the ones where we are more likely to perform at the world stage, like this one.
ZB Dec 02, 2012 06:45pm
I think it shows that it was a close match...stop thinking negatively plz...
Raheem Dec 02, 2012 06:01pm
This just proves Pakistan has talented people, if only the government would show some support.
roy142857 Dec 02, 2012 06:00pm
Congrats from the UK. Asif should receive an offer of a place on the Pro Snooker Tour - recent IBSF Champions have been - hope he takes it up.
BILAL Dec 02, 2012 05:55pm
anees rafiq Dec 02, 2012 05:54pm
Congratulations! well done you served the nation well. Now become a Legend and be positive and stay focused.
mushtaq ahmad Dec 02, 2012 05:54pm
what a performance!!!! excellent. keep it up
Amjad Hussain Zahid Dec 02, 2012 05:23pm
excellent Amjad hussain zahid fc college
S. A. M. Dec 02, 2012 05:42pm
Thank you for bringing good news for Pakistan. Hope the list of victories continue to grow.
Anonymous Dec 02, 2012 05:31pm
Mohammed Asif,,Many congratulations,,you are nation's pride.. :-)
Moon Dec 02, 2012 05:26pm
Congrats Asif
Adnan Khan Dec 02, 2012 05:21pm
great to see some much needed positive news......hope this win has a spill over effect and pull people into healthy activities!!!!
Ali Vaqar Awan Dec 02, 2012 05:33pm
Congradulations to Mohammad Asif for wining World Snooker Championship. His victory has made the day best for Pakistan. It has brought great deal of happiness. Pakistan Zindabad!!!
Alex Shaikh Dec 02, 2012 05:17pm
Well done!! Pakistan Zindabad!!
dr.nida Dec 02, 2012 05:45pm
defeated nation still wining by grace of our Rab....great job asif many congrats to you and nation.
Bakka Dec 03, 2012 05:15pm
Well done!!
Atif Chowdhry Dec 02, 2012 07:28pm
IBSF World Snooker Championship chaa gaya londay.. :D
dararao Dec 05, 2012 10:31am
The problem with people like Hiz is that they just want to criticize just for the sake of criticize. And even bigger problem is that they even dont do proper homework before pointing fingers on others. Sometimes intentionally sometimes unintentionally.
abdullah Dec 02, 2012 05:09pm
congratulation pakistan
Awais Dec 02, 2012 05:14pm
hidden garnets exposing now ... Congratulations
Khalid Saeed Haroon Dec 02, 2012 05:38pm
Well played Asif! You bring glory to Pakistan.
Saad (DXB) Dec 02, 2012 10:20pm
I am looking for comments from Indians who love bashing Pakistan on any negative news, but disappear like a ghost from any news story about anything good for Pakistan. This clearly shows their mentality. So much for people who think India can ever be a sincere friend to Pakistan.
Siddiqui Dec 03, 2012 01:49am
Well done asif you can go long way . Our media though is funny when it comes to reporting , they say world snooker championship without mentioning amateur snooker championship.any how congratulation to all paks.
Mubashir Dec 10, 2012 02:46pm
Well done boy!! We are all proud of you - a lesson to all our other boys that be encouraged by our Hero - we all can do it!! We should not be demotivated from the lack of lets work hard.
Mubashir Dec 10, 2012 02:47pm
Brother - lets stay positive. I know we have been suffering from this but an opportunity to show our sportsman spirit and tolerance.....