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Pakistan: World Snooker 2011 venue moved from Bahrain to India


KARACHI: The venue of the 2011 IBSF World Snooker Championship, originally scheduled to be staged in Bahrain, will now be held in the Indian city of Bangalore later this year.

A spokesman of the Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association (PBSA) announced here the other day that the World Snooker Championship has been shifted from Bahrain to India in view of the prolonged crisis in the Middle East. Now the global annual event has been rescheduled to be held in Bangalore from November 28 to December 3.

“The International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) has decided to replace the proposed 6-Reds Snooker which was to be held in India around the same time. Another major decision taken by the IBSF is to hold only the World Snooker Championship for Men and there will not be Masters (+40) or Women competitions this year,” the PBSA official stated.

“Pakistan, as usual, will be sending two cueists, but not necessarily the top two ranked ones. Only the top ranked cueist, at the end of the third national ranking tournament next month, will be an automatic qualifier for the World Championship while the second slot will be decided by the PBSA Executive Committee,” he added.

The PBSA also has added one more national ranking tournament taking the tally to five during the current year.

“The third ranking tournament of the year, to be contested by the top 32 cueists of the country, will be held here from October 23 to 29. Then we will organise the Top 16 event in November before launching the 6-Reds in December. In the past there used be four national tournaments annually and this year we will be having five,” the PBSA official said.

“We are in the process of finalising the number of participants for the inaugural tourney. We are yet to decide whether to limit to the participation to the top eight of the country or let the top 16 contest it in view of providing exposure to a larger pool of cueists,” he concluded.

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