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India Goes Down In ACBS Team Snooker Final But Won 6 Reds Championship 2016



Final group

The Asian 6 Reds and Team Championships were held in Abu Dhabi from 18th to 26th May 2016. A total of 14 ACBS member countries participated in the events. Special guests who attended the event included the President of ACBS, Mubarak Al-Khayarin; President of QBSF, Mohamed Al-Ramzani; and Secretary General of UAE Billiard & Snooker Federation, Sultan Al-Joker. The event was also graced by the patronage of Sheikh Nehayan Bin Mubarak Al Nehayan, whose attendance at the opening ceremony was highly regarded at the championships.

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The participants were invited to attend the Players, Referees and Delegates meeting that was held on the night prior to the commencement of the event. The 6 Reds event took place in the first 5 days, and Team event over the next 4.

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In the quarter finals, former world champion Muhammad Asif (Pakistan) faced off with Pankaj Advani (India). Advani was down at 0:2 but he managed to crawl his way back and made it to the semi-finals with a score of 6:2. His fellow countryman, Aditya Mehta (India) defeated his opponent Chi Wai Au (Hong Kong) with a score of 6:1. Advani and Mehta faced off with each other for the semi-finals, with Advani emerging as the finalist with a score of 6:1. Advani went on to beat Keen Hoo Moh (Malaysia) with a closing score of 7:5. Keen has been a very consistent player throughout the championship event. In one of his earlier matches in the event, Keen beat Mohammed Saleh (Afghanistan) with a clean score of 5:0.

Results (6 Reds):
6reds results

The quarter finalists have been awarded a spot in the upcoming Sangsom 6 Reds Championship in Thailand this year.

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In a hard fought match, Iran 1 (Amir Sarkhosh, Soheil Vahedi) beat India (Pankaj Advani, Aditya Mehta, Manan Chandra) in the Team Championships. The match was intense and nail-biting, but India did not manage to win first place and was awarded silver with a close score of 2:3. Both Iran 1 and India breezed through their semi-finals with 3:0 against Malaysia and Pakistan 1 respectively.

Results (Team):
team results

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