RIYADH, March 8 The chief guest, Prince Faisal Ibn
Abdulrahman, the president of the Al Nasr sports club, awarded Naif Jiwani, the great
Saudi Arabian international in the game, the Central Province Snooker Championship trophy
at the awarding which was held at the Elite snooker center in Riyadh.
Jiwani defeated his
teammate and long time friend, Salman Sumbul in a close encounter to clinch the crown here
for the sixth year running. The champion won by five frames to four in a thrilling finish
to the enjoyment of the fans who had gathered in large number to see the two Saudi top
stars in their best form. When the action began, the victor shot into 2-0 lead but then
Sumbul recovered and caught up with the leader to make it at 4-all thus taking the battle
into the decisive ninth frame.
In addition to Prince Faisal Ibn Abdulrahman, the other notable guest was Majed Abdullah,
the famous Saudi Arabian former international soccer star. The others who graced the
climax included Muhammed Baraka, Saad Angary Youth Welfare officials, Hani
Abdulrahman Al Tuwirky, Hisham Abanamy managers Elite snooker center and Fayez
Mamdoh Hosin, the center supervisor.
Besides the championship trophy, Jiwani also collected the highest break (97) of the
tournament prize. Sumbul came second and Nasser Rubaish ended third. All the prizes were
given by Green Care.
The top six players of this tournament will represent the Central province in the
forthcoming Kingdom championship to be held in Riyadh at the Elite snooker center from
March 14-22. Similar regional events are being played to select the best players for this
The top six players of the Central province who will see action in the National
championship are Jiwani, Sumbul, Rubaish, Muhammed Otaibi, Faisal Misfer and Waleed Zamil.
Speaking in the end, Jiwani expressed his appreciation to Prince Faisal Ibn
Abdulrahman and Majed Abdullah
for gracing the ceremony which shows the importance of this game in the Kingdom. He also
thanked Prince Faisal Ibn Fahd, the general president of the Presidency of Youth Welfare
and his deputy Prince Sultan Ibn Fahd for giving their full support to the game of
snooker. He also paid tribute to the management of the Elite club and the fans for making
the event end in successful manner.