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World No arms, no issue for Pakistan snooker player Mohammad Ikram

06:40  26 october  2020
06:40  26 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Muhammad Ikram, a Pakistani snooker player who born without both arms , is an example. Ikram’s skill in cueing snooker balls with his chin has made him popular among Pakistani snooker players and on Mohammad Ikram told AFP that initially, he played with balls alone on an empty pool table.

Muhammad Ikram, who was born without arms , steps up to a snooker table, sizes up his options and with a firm flick of his chin strikes the cue ball and slots a red into a corner pocket. The sport was perhaps an unlikely passion for Ikram, 32, to pursue

SAMUNDRI, Pakistan (AP) — Mohammad Ikram leans over the snooker table, his face at almost touching distance behind the white ball as he assesses his options, then knocks it with his bearded chin.

Mohammad Ikram plays snooker with his chin at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © Provided by Associated Press Mohammad Ikram plays snooker with his chin at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) Mohammad Ikram plays snooker with his chin at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfil his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © Provided by Associated Press Mohammad Ikram plays snooker with his chin at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfil his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

At the other end of the table a moment later, a red ball sinks into the corner pocket.

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Muhammad Ikram, 32, who was born without arms , plays snooker with his chin at a local club in Samundri, Pakistan , October 20, 2020. "I have met very good snooker players who tell me I am a real genius, and that I can bring great fame to Pakistan ," Ikram told Reuters Television.

SAMUNDRI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Muhammad Ikram, 32, takes aim, flexes his neck and strikes with his chin, sending the cue ball across the table and sinking his shot in a corner pocket. Born without arms , Ikram has nevertheless mastered the game of snooker . In Samundri, a dusty, rural town in Punjab

With a twist of the neck this way, or a lighter nudge another, the 32-year-old Ikram has worked out how to pot snooker balls without the use of a cue stick.

He was born without arms. He lives in a dusty rural town in the northeast of Pakistan in Punjab province. He hasn't let anything stop him from fulfilling his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker.

Mohammad Ikram plays snooker with his chin at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © Provided by Associated Press Mohammad Ikram plays snooker with his chin at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Ikram remembers watching other children playing on dusty pool tables outside his home when he was a 10-year-old kid. He always wished one day he could also play the game, but just needed to work out how.

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Born without arms , Ikram has nevertheless mastered the game of snooker . In Samundri, a dusty “I have met very good snooker players who tell me I am a real genius, and that I can bring great fame to He would keep wishing he also had arms so he could play like them,” said his mother, Razia Bibi.

Pakistani born without arms excels in snooker in Samundri, SAMUNDRI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Muhammad Ikram, 32, takes aim, flexes his neck and strikes with his chin, sending the cue ball across the table and sinking his shot in a corner pocket. Born without arms , Ikram has nevertheless

“At that time I wished I had arms so that I could play the game, too," Ikram told The Associated Press.

Mohammad Ikram, who play snooker with his chin, walks at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © Provided by Associated Press Mohammad Ikram, who play snooker with his chin, walks at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Eventually he devised his own style and later went to a nearby club, looking for a game.

Mohammad Ikram, who play snooker with his chin, poses for photographer with his trophies at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © Provided by Associated Press Mohammad Ikram, who play snooker with his chin, poses for photographer with his trophies at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

“People didn’t believe me in the club that I could play with my chin,” he said, “but they gradually started admiring my skills when I started hitting the cue ball with the chin.”

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Samundri, Pakistan . Muhammad Ikram, 32, who was born without arms , plays snooker with his chin at a local club.(REUTERS). “I have met very good snooker players who tell me I am a real genius, and that I can bring great fame to Pakistan ,” Ikram told Reuters Television.

Born without arms , Muhammad Ikram is well-known among the local snooker community in Pakistan for being able to master the art of the game by only using his mouth.

Mohammad Nadeem, owner of the Cue Club in Samundri, recalled the time about 10 or 12 years ago when Ikram approached him with a request to play snooker.

“I told him ‘no you cannot do this,’” Nadeem said. It's a good thing Ikram didn't take no for an answer.

“When he first hit the ball with his chin, it simply amazed me because it was as good as any other snooker player could have hit it with cue in hand,” Nadeem said.

So Ikram started making the 12-kilomoter (7 1/2-mile) daily trip to the club, where he plays on the seven snooker tables.

Ikram has won at least three local tournaments and his popularity is growing fast -- not only in his hometown but also across Pakistan, mainly because of media attention.

Ikram, who has two younger brothers and five younger sisters, holds a special place in his mother’s heart.

Mohammad Ikram, who play snooker with his chin, sits with his family members at their home in a village near Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © Provided by Associated Press Mohammad Ikram, who play snooker with his chin, sits with his family members at their home in a village near Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

“I don’t go out and watch him play but his father has seen him playing and we are happy for him,” Ikram's mother, Razia Bibi, said. “We used to say that had he got arms, he would have been very happy. But now the whole world will be happy when they see him playing.”

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Mohammad Ikram observes during playing snooker at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © Provided by Associated Press Mohammad Ikram observes during playing snooker at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Ikram said he wanted to show off his snooker skills abroad, and was hoping to get some support from the government and Prime Minister Imran Khan, the former cricket star who led the Pakistan team to victory in the 1992 World Cup.

“I wish, I could go abroad and play in front of other people and bring fame to Pakistan,” Ikram said, as he rested his right leg on the table, flexed his neck and yet again hit the cue ball with his chin and potted a red ball in the long pocket.

Rizia Bibi, left, helps his son Mohammad Ikram, who play snooker with his chin, to wear long shirt at their home in a village near Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) © Provided by Associated Press Rizia Bibi, left, helps his son Mohammad Ikram, who play snooker with his chin, to wear long shirt at their home in a village near Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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