Mumbai, December 24: Sixteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani ended the year on a high by bagging the National title in 6-red Snooker. Pankaj Advani has won a staggering eight world titles in the last three years and he continues to go on. Advani is now the strongest contender for qualifying for the Asian and World Championships in 6-red Snooker in 2017 to represent India.
In the final today, Advani was up against local youngster Ishpreet Chadha. The Bangalore-based multiple world champions overcame his junior opponent 7-4 in a strong display of potting with finesse.
With only a few days to switch to snooker after winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Bangalore last week, Advani proved once again why he is the absolute authority in cue sports.
Starting off as the favorite for the national-level tournament, Advani lived up to expectations and reclaimed the title, which he had won during the inaugural edition in Bangalore in 2010.
Advani is the only player in the world to win all titles National, Continental and World in 6-red Snooker.
Only last week Advani had urged the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India to make the sport more popular in the country. “It (billiards) definitely has the capacity to have visual appeal and become spectator-friendly, and it is the responsibility of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India to, first of all, get it on television. I think that is the most important thing if you want mass appeal and more people knowing about the sport. That’s where the federation needs to step up and pull up their socks,” said Pankaj.
On his debut, the ace cueist won the IBSF World 6-red Snooker Championship in Egypt in 2014 and successfully defended it the following year.
Earlier this year, he occupied his maiden Asian Snooker title, which also came in the shorter version of the sport.