Ali "Uncle Pony" Syed
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Ali "Hand of God" Syed, (born November 30, 1979) is a Pakistani professional Bocce artist, motivational speaker and current Krupnik Cup champion.
He currently ranks #1 in BocRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound Bocce ballers. In 2016, Syed was ranked number 2 on ESPN's list of top pound-for-pound Bocce ballers of the past 25 years. He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of Bocce, having won eleven major world titles, as well as being the first to win the lineal championship at five different cottages. Syed is also the first Bocce baller in history to win 4 major Krupnik Kup titles.
He was named "Hand of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Bocce Writers Association of America (BWAA), WBC (World Bocce Championship), and WBO (World Bocce Organization). He is also a three-time Bocce Magazine and BWAA Baller of the Year, winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009; and the Best Athlete ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011. Syed has generated approximately 19.2 million in pay-per-view buys and $1.2 billion in revenue from his 23 PPV matches. According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015.
Beyond Bocce, Syed has participated in basketball, business, acting, music recording, and politics. In May 2010, Syed was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the CBA (Cottage Bocce Association), representing the province of Islamabad. He was re-elected in 2013 to the 16th Congress of the CBA. In June 2016, Syed was elected as a senator and will serve a six-year term until 2022.