Snooker is not something new in Pakistan. Though in shadows relative to other sports but it is growing at a fast pace. Pakistan has been able to make a name in many snooker championships held internationally. Pakistan has also had the honor of holding the IBSF World Snooker Championship back in 1993 in Karachi. Moreover, many Pakistani snooker champions have been making us proud by winning in the major leagues. One such example is Ahsan Ramzan and his victory in the Snooker championship 2022. He is known to be the youngest snooker cueist to have won the championship.
World Snooker Championship
The World Snooker Championship was first held in 1927. It is a professional, wealthiest, and long-running tournament. The players compete for the winning price of £500,000. Moreover, snooker champions also aim for winning the Triple Crown Series. The players have a chance to hold the title of Triple Crown Series by winning three tournaments i.e., Invitational Masters, World Snooker Championship, and the UK Championship. If a player manages to appear victorious in all three leagues once in their career, then he/she would be awarded the Triple Crown.
IBSF World Snooker Championship
The first tournament of the IBSF World Snooker Championship or World Amateur Snooker Championship was held in 1963. It is a tournament held for non-professional snooker players from around the world. International Billiards and Snooker Federation hold these tournaments. Many IBSF champions have been reported to have excelled in their professional careers due to these tournaments.
Pakistani Snooker players
Pakistan also has the honor of hosting the IBSF World Snooker Championship in 1966 and 1993 in Karachi. Moreover, with this, we have Pakistani snooker players who are making the nation proud at the national and international levels as well. One of those players is Muhammad Asif, who is twice the winner of the IBSF World Snooker Championship in 2012 and 2017, Farakh Ajaib, Hamza Akbar, Shokat Ali, Khurram Hussain Agha, Babar Masih, Muhammad Sajjad, Naveen Perwani, Saleh Mohammad, Muhammad Yousaf. There is one more person on the list who recently made Pakistan proud by winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship 2022.
The youngest Pakistani cueist Ahsan Ramzan at the age of 16, holds the title of amateur snooker champion. It was a very emotional moment for him as he invested his time and efforts to make a name in the world of snooker. His journey is not without hardships.
He was four when he lost his mother and at the age of 13, he lost his father too. Isn’t it saddening that he suffered such a great loss at a very young age? He also had to leave his education after passing the eighth grade. It must have been really hard on him to carry on with the game.
Ahsan defeated Indian player Digvijay Kadian at a five-day championship which marked his debut in the tournament. After making it to the semi-finals, he had a face-off with the former Pakistani champion Muhammad Asif. The competition was very close but Ahsan managed to gain victory.
Photo of the day: Young Pakistani cueist Ahaan Ramzan gets emotional after beating his senior and defending champion Mohammad Asif in semi final of IBSF World Snooker Championship. pic.twitter.com/CHKXWuNN2v
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) March 11, 2022
In the final match, Ahsan had a face-off with Iranian player Amir Sarkosh for the premium title.
Champions 🇵🇰#AhsanRamzan pic.twitter.com/P5JDXNKK1O
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We are glad to have talents like Ahsan Ramzan and others who despite all the struggles and hardships are making Pakistan proud in all walks of life.