KARACHI: It’s a common occurrence in Pakistan for sportsmen to knowledge a financial splash and go venting their beating to anyone who’d lend an ear. Or a microphone.
Their rants make for sharp news stories during initial yet usually until a piquancy runs dry due to repetition. Suddenly, a contestant with prosaic complaints aplenty is entertained by no one.
To stop his associate sportsmen from descending into this abyss, snooker star Muhammad Asif has come adult with a solution: sports entrepreneurship.
Asif, a former IBSF World Champion, recently non-stop adult a new snooker club-cum-academy in his hometown of Faisalabad — a setup with 10 full-size tables, good ambience, and some-more importantly, his mentorship.
Owning a business, he feels, is a contingency for each diver in a land where a competition in itself doesn’t reap a rewards compulsory to feed their passion.
“You need to open your possess clubs and academies if we are personification in Pakistan,” Asif told The Express Tribune. “Whoever gets a possibility and has a small investment, they should open a bar since there is no sponsorship for a players.”
He himself might not tumble in this joint of players yet he knows he is among a propitious few. “I have a National Bank of Pakistan subsidy me up, yet I’m an difference rather than a rule,” pronounced Asif. “Most players conjunction have sponsorships nor do a supervision pitches in, so it’s improved to open a bar or academy to take caring of yourself.”
Asif doesn’t only act like a business owner, he thinks like one too, not bashful to take risks, or in this case, switch locations if things aren’t operative out.
“I had a bar in Lahore yet it was formidable for me to transport there each now and then, and we also wasn’t removing a same kind of response we was expecting; in my hometown we consider there is some-more scope, hence a new opening.”
Despite Asif ‘the business owner’ being totally pensive in his new venture, he still is a diver during his core and delicately switches between a dual modes per a situation’s need.
On singular occasions though, he lets lax both sides of his celebrity concurrently as on a subject of snooker’s recognition (or miss thereof) among women. It’s a means of good beating for Asif yet also an event for a intelligent businessman in him to supplement to his clientele.
“Women are not as meddlesome in snooker as men. If ever there are any women or girls children who wish to start personification snooker, my bar is there,” says a acquire host. “We can yield them a protected and accessible environment.”
But because stop during women?
“Programme should also be set adult in schools and colleges so a subsequent era can know a manners and techniques of snooker,” feels Asif.
Wishful thinking, some might call it, yet don’t be astounded if Asif — Pakistan’s possess Charlie Hustle — one day manages to put together such a programme. Because this self-starter’s expostulate and aspiration knows no boundaries.