THE Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation (QBSF) will add another feather to its cap in November when it hosts the World Snooker Championship for the first time in its history.
The QBSF had staked its claim to the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) to host the tournament’s 42nd edition. The global governing body is to make a formal announcement soon.
Though the official dates are yet to be confirmed, the championship is likely to be held from November 20 to 30.
India’s Pankaj Advani defeated China’s Zhua Xintong 8-6 in the final at Hurghada, Egypt, last year.
The World Championship started in 1963 and since 1984 it has been held every year. The IBSF-sanctioned event was conducted in a round-robin format for the first five years. From 1968 onwards, it was modified to a round-robin-cum-knockout one. The final is usually a best-of-15-frame affair.
“We’ve hosted the Asian Championship in the past. Hosting the Snooker Worlds is a matter of pride and prestige for us. We’ve proved our credentials by hosting the World 9-Ball Pool Championship since 2010. We’ve all facilities needed to host the prestigious event,” said QBSF President Mohammed Mubarak Al Ramzani.
The inaugural World 9-Ball Pool Championship in 2010 was held at QBSF’s main facility at Al Muntazah. From 2011 onwards, the QBSF has been making use of the indoor halls of Al Arabi and Al Sadd Sports Clubs to host the tournament in order to accommodate more spectators.
“This is the premier snooker tournament in the world and we’ll be geared up for it. Hosting it will help the sport grow further in Qatar,” added Al Ramzani.