Sultan Saqr Al Suweidi presenting the GCC Snooker Championship trophy to UAE team manager Sultan Al Joker. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1996 - UAE won the GCC snooker championship for the fifth consecutive year when they defeated Kuwait 4-1 in the final at Al Wasl Sports Hall in Dubai. UAE had effectively settled the issue after beating Bahrain 5-0. Bahrain finished runners-up with six points from three matches. UAE swept to a 4 -0 lead before Kuwait’s Ahmad Al Terkit turned the tables on UAE’s Rashid Al Mazroui, making his first appearance in the championship, to clinch the bronze for his team. The result deprived Qatar of a medal, which they would have won had the UAE blanked out Kuwait 5-0. There was pin-drop silence in the hall as the seventh and deciding game began. Sultan Saqr Al Suwaidi, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, presented the trophy to UAE team manager Sultan Al Joker.

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