AL FUJAIRAH: After nine-days of exhilarating actions at the Concorde Al Fujairah Hotel, the curtains were brought down on the ACBS-organised 1st Asian Billiard Sports Championship on Sunday. The event, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al Sharqi, the Crown Prince of Fujairah, witnessed the participation of over 200 players from 25 countries who competed in 11 disciplines. The elite and up-coming cueist from across the continent slugged it out in the Snooker Single Men (15 Reds), Snooker Team Men, Snooker Single Men (6 Reds) and Snooker Single Women (6 Reds) respectively. Other disciplines competed are English Billiards Men (100 Points Format), Carom One Cushion, Carom Three Cushion, 9 Ball Pool Men, 9 Ball Pool Women, 9 Ball Pool Double and Chinese 8 Ball. Speaking during the closing ceremony, ACBS President Mubarak Hamad Al Khayarin said, “We are very happy to have successfully hosted this tournament. The competition exceeded our expectations in all ramifications as it brought out the best in the players. The organization was equally great and I must thank our sponsors and supporters for their invaluable contributions towards the overall success of the tournament.” Expressing his gratitude to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al Sharqi, the Crown Prince of Fujairah, Khayarinsaid, “ACBS would like to thank His Highness for hosting us in this beautiful city of Al Fujairah, a place where we have been treated to a wonderful hospitality and shown great love. The nine days spent here had been great and we leave the city with beautiful memories.” The president added that the federation will not relent in its effort at further developing the sport in the continent. “We are committed to ensuring that our sport continues to grow in leaps and bounds in Asia and we will not relent in our efforts at promoting it as much as possible. Our continent is blessed with talented players who have proved their mettle on the global stage. We will continue to support their progress and give them the necessary aid in their quest at achieving greatness,” he added. The maiden continental tournament was held from September 25 to October 2 in Al Fujairah.

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