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IPC Minister inaugurates Snooker Academy in Faisalabad today

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Islamabad—The opening ceremony of Snooker Academy in Faisalabad by the Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association (PBSA) in collaboration with the University of Agriculture will be held on Saturday (today) in Faisalabad.

Talking to Online, President PBSA, Alamgir A. Shaikh said, “The PBSA has already dispatched two Billiard Tables for installation in the hall provided by the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad in the university premises. The Snooker Academy is being established by the PBSA in collaboration with the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.”

Minister of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada will be the chief guest of the ceremony and declare first Faisalabad Snooker Academy officially open.

The President PBSA, Alamgir A. Shaikh and the Honorary Secretary, Munawwar Hussain Shaikh will sign the MoU with Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan.

Director General-Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, Director General (Technical & Training) PSB Dr. Akhter Nawaz Ganjera and Usman Anwar Director General PSB will also attend the historical ceremony.

A Press/Media briefing has also been arranged on the same day in the University where a formal MoU signing ceremony will be held in the presence of the media. The Press Briefing will be held in the Vice Chancellor Block New Senate Hall at 01:00 pm followed by MoU Signing and Opening of Faisalabad Snooker Academy, which will be the first Academy in the Province of Punjab.

Last month, Alamgir A. Shaikh had held a meeting with IPC Minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada and briefed the Minister regarding the delay in the announcement of the Cash Award of Rs. 10 Million for Muhammad Asif (Snooker champion) as per the Sports Policy of the government for winning the coveted World Snooker title for Pakistan. The President had requested the IPC Minister to use his good offices for the release of the Cash Award for Muhammad Asif. The IPC Minister had assured the President PBSA that the Cash Award entitlement of Rs. 10 Million to Muhammad Asif would be expedited and would be presented soon to the World Champion at a ceremony which would be arranged at Islamabad.

“Muhammad Asif has not been awarded with cash award of Rs. 10 million so far,” Shaikh stated.—Online

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