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Old 07-May-2012
International players to take part in billiards open

Dubai: The Kolluna Khalifa Nine-Ball Open billiards championship, hosted by the UAE Billiards and Snooker Association (UAE BSA) in collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council, will be held at the Gloria Hotel in Dubai from July 2-4.

The event, billed as the biggest of its kind in the region, is being held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council. The championship will feature a large number of international players and is attracting participation from across the region. The event follows a unique format, which is a mix of knockout and round robin, which will allow unranked players to participate in the qualification process.

Unique format

The event qualifiers are being held across the emirates in selected pool clubs and lounges and the finals, comprising of a draw of 128 players, will be held in July. The qualifiers begin from May 8.

The event is being organised by Pro9 who are UAE BSA's management partners and InterPool are the championship's official partners.

"The association thanks the Dubai Sports Council and all our partners for their support. Besides being the region's biggest nine Ball championship Kolluna Al Emarat Kolluna Khalifa due to its unique format contributes towards the development of local talent," said Sultan Al Joker, UAE Billiards and Snooker Association.

"The Dubai Sports Council congratulates UAE BSA on the mammoth initiative where over a thousand players will take part in the qualifiers with the aim of reaching the coveted trophy. Their vision and planning will contribute greatly towards the sport at the most basic level now and for years to come," said Dr Ahmad Al Sharif, Dubai Sports Council.

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