World snooker champion Muhammad Asif returns home

2012-12-04 11:41:37 GMT2012-12-04 19:41:37(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's Mohammad Asif returned home to a hero's welcome on Tuesday after clinching the world amateur snooker title.

Asif, who held off England's Gary Wilson 10-8 in Sunday's final in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, was warmly greeted by hundreds of fans, officials and relatives at the Jinnah International Airport in the southern port city of Karachi.

Talking to media at the airport, Asif credited the officials of Pakistan Snooker Association and his parents for winning the title.

"There was no one to guide me during the competition, but I held my nerves and kept myself cool to win the title," said the 30-year-old player, who participated in the event without any coach or official along.

Asif who faced funds shortage urged the government to provide facilities for promotion of snooker in the country.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf congratulated Asif saying "the whole nation is proud of your victory and wishes you many more in future as well."

The chief minister of the Punjab province announced a cash award of one million rupees (10,420 U.S. dollars).

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