Multi Cuesports – 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
19th-26th September / Billiard Sports Arena, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
DAY 6 REVIEW FROM THE 2017 AIMAG
Iranian trio of Hossein Vafaei, Soheil Vahedi and Amir Sarkhosh claimed the 2017 Asian Indoor Games Team Snooker Championship in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan earlier today.
Gold was secured after defeating somewhat surprise finalists Qatar. Vahedi took the opening frame with a singles victory against Ali Nasser Al Obaidli and then Vafaei doubled that advantage with success against former professional Ahmad Saif.
Hossein teamed up with Sarkhosh to win the doubles rubber and the overall tie 3-0, therefore the remaining singles fixtures were not required.
Earlier in the competition Qatar saw off a strong Thailand team made up of ex-main tour players Issara Kachaiwong and Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 3-2 in the Last 8 and then arguably the event favourites China 3-1 in the Semi-Finals.
Defending champions China (although back in 2013 it was Ding, Liang & Tian) were this year represented by current top tier trio of Zhou Yuelong, Yan Bingtao and Zhao Xintong.
Team Afghanistan, made up of Salih Mohammad Mohammadi and Mohd Rais Sanzai were the other Bronze Medalists.
Elsewhere in the Games' Cuesports programme, the Gold Medal in the 3-Cushion Carom was won by Vietnam's Quoc Nguyen Nguyen who defeated South Korea's Jae Ho Cho 40-19.
Bronze Medals in this discipline were awarded to George Lteif (Lebanon) and Quyet Chien Tran (Vietnam).
The final of tomorrow's Men's 9-Ball Scotch Doubles will feature China and Chinese Taipei.
China - a duo consisting of Liu Haitao and Lu Haotian, ended the hopes of the Philippines (Warren Kiamco & Johann Chua) 9-6 in today's Semi-Finals, whilst Taipei pairing of Ko Pin-Yi and Cheng Yu-Hsuan dispatched Iran (Mohammadali Pordel & Mehdi Rasekhi) 9-3 in the other Last 4 match.
There are just two more days left for the Cuesports programme at these quadrennial Games, which as a whole also finishes on Tuesday.
For the complete results across the various events, please visit the official website here.
The above pictures are courtesy of Ashgabat 2017.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 24th September 2017