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Iranian snooker player Vafaei gets visa
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri’s long-awaited quest for a British visa ended on Thursday.
The 20-year-old made history as the first professional snooker player from Iran.

“I’m happy to join the professionals. I will keep working hard to succeed in the upcoming competitions. Hopefully, more Iranian snooker players to get visa,” Vafaei said.

Vafaei first turned professional back in 2012 following his victory at the 2011 IBSF World Championship, but his two and a half seasons on tour have to date been blighted by visa issues which have limited him to sporadic appearances at events such as the Six Red World Championship and Asian Tour events.

His reply for a visa to be able to play snooker on the Main Tour had been denied already four times by the authorities

Now however, Vafaei has now finally seen his long-awaited quest for a visa granted.

On the sidelines of the 2nd West Asian Billiards & Snooker Championship took place in Dubai, the UAE, the Asian officials celebrated Vafaei’s success.


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