Jubilee Insurance Sponsored “7-Nation International Snooker Championship 2012” which was held at Hotel Pearl Continental, Karachi, from March 4.
With this mega event, international snooker returns to Pakistan after nearly five years. Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) Chairman, Alamgir Shaikh thanked Jubilee Insurance for joining hands with the PBSA in hosting international snooker in the country by staging a 7-Nation international championship. Our Managing Director, Mr Tahir Ahmed, was extremely satisfied with the return of International Sports in Pakistan and showed his eagerness to have a major event like this once in two years, if not annually.
Besides Pakistan, teams from India, Iran, Egypt, Untied Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Thailand took part in the tournament. The main attraction of the competition was reigning IBSF World Champion Hussein Vafaei Ayouri who defeated Wales star Lee Walker in the final of the IBSF World Snooker Championship last December. Also, Mr Yasin Merchant, a former Asian champion and a world renowned cueist was the part of this mega event, along with the Pakistan national champion Muhammad Asif and ex-champion Muhammad Sajjad.
The reason behind sponsoring this event was to revive this major sport, of which Pakistan was once world champion and provide a platform to the country’s emerging snooker champions by sponsoring Junior and Senior Championships throughout the year. Jubilee Insurance has been, for many years promoting this sport as snooker has been the second widely played sports in Pakistan.
With the successful completion of this multi-nation event the gates have opened for other international sporting events to be held in Pakistan and this will go a long way in reviving the image of Pakistan on international stage.