Karim Abdel Gawad

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Gawad withdraws from Qatar Classic

Former World Champion and World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad has withdrawn from the upcoming Qatar Classic, which begins at the weekend. New Zealand’s Paul Coll moves up to take Gawad’s spot in the 3/4 seeds, with British and Welsh No.1 Joel Makin then taking the subsequent space in the 5/8 section of the draw. Scotland’s Greg Lobban replaces Makin and moves into the 9/16 seedings, and will receive a bye through to the second round of the Platinum event. India’s Vikram Malhotra replaces