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Kamali takes off in high spirits

posted on 03/08/2009: 2139 views



Top UAE junior snooker player Khalid Ali Kamali was in a buoyant mood ahead of flying out to Iran for the 2009 IBSF World U-21 Championship which starts today.

Kamali will fly the UAE flag at the 12-day tournament. The tournament is Kamali's third international outing as an individual and the 17 year old hopes to return having bettered his international performance. Kamali has never got past the group stages of a tournament before.

With 47 other top juniors from around the world lining up at the event, Kamali knows his trip is fraught with obstacles. "This is my third international tournament, so I have the experience, but it's going to be a tough one. World championships are always tough; you never get it easy, but I feel I can do well in this event," the Mizhar High School student, said. Having watched his uncle play in and win many snooker tournaments in Dubai, Kamali's curiosity was aroused and he began training fervently two years ago. In no time he created a storm on the national circuit winning tournaments and rising to become the UAE's top ranked junior player.

Today, Kamali nurses dreams of becoming the UAE's first professional cueist. "I practice for about four to six hours every day only because I want to be so good that I win tournaments and play as a professional someday. I want to be known for my snooker.

"I know I haven't done too well in the past when in participated in the Asian and Arab championships, but I'm feeling a lot more confident this time around and hopefully I'll do well. I feel good." His coach, Mohammad Hassim Raibin, though, says Kamali has a tendency to throw caution to the wind during his matches. And he warned the youngster to play with unfaltering consistency and keep away from cutting a complacent figure in Iran.

"He has improved a lot and now he can give a fight to anyone in the region, but he needs to play with caution and not just aggression," Raibin said.

"You can't afford to be over-confident. He has learnt that he can't afford to treat players with different abilities differently and he's fantastic now.

"Snooker is as much a mental game and you need to be in control at all times; stability and consistency are key." – Gulf News

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