It was a bittersweet moment for Ahsan Ramzan earlier this month as a crowd gathered around him after he became the youngest winner in history of the World Snooker Championship.
For 16-year-old Ramzan, the March 11 victory at the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) event was incomplete without his father who raised him after he lost his mother in early childhood, and who until his death four years ago remained the snooker player’s greatest inspiration and strictest mentor.
“If my parents were alive today, I would have given them the trophy,” Ramzan told Arab News in an interview. “They would have hugged me in excitement, which would have been a huge moment for me.”
“Now, I will take this trophy and put it on their graves,” he said. “I want them to know their dream has come true.”