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    Afghan cueist beats Pakistani rival

    KABUL (PAN): An Afghan cueist outplayed his Pakistani rival in the World Snooker Championship that began in Bangalore city of India on Monday, an official said.

    On the opening day of the event, featuring 87 players from 42 countries around the globe, Afghanistan's Raees Khan Senzai beat Saleh Mohammad of Pakistan 4-2.

    National Olympic Committee spokesman Mujibur Rahman Rahmani told Pajhwok Afghan News the six-day championship would conclude on December 3.

    Another Afghan player, Saleh Mohammad, was outclassed 4-0 by his Indian opponent Hussain, Rahmani said, adding the contestants had been divided into 16 groups and three would qualify from each for the next stage.

    Round-robin matches will take place until Nov. 30, followed by quarterfinals and semifinals on Dec. 2 and the final on December 3. 

    India, Thailand, England, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland are among the participants. The winner will receive 40 percent of the $16,000 prize money along with a trophy, certificate and medal.