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My Experience, My Passion


Shokat Ali wrote his name in history after he became the first snooker star to win a cue sports gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games.

The English snooker player of Pakistani descent was born in Accrington on March 4, 1970. Similar to most British Asian families, Ali’s parents also discouraged him.

But with snooker being very popular, Ali had his mind on the sport:

“Snooker was very big when I was young. I wanted to be a professional snooker player.

“Every minute I had, I used to think about snooker. And you could not get me off the table. Basically its dedication, and I really wanted it.”


— Name, Title

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He won a testing final against Sam Chong (MAS) to claim the first gold for Pakistan at the multi-sports event in Thailand.

Following the worst possible start, Ali went onto achieve a historic comeback win.

Let’s take a closer look at his gold medal-winning campaign and an exclusive reaction from the former snooker star.


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