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750 cueists, 23 states, 5 lakhs Prize money for National Billiards and Snooker Championship, 2012
National Billiards and Snooker Championship, 2012 has started today and ends on 4 February, 2012. Derek Sippy, Tournament Director talked to about the tournament.

AROUND 750 cueists from over 23 states will be fighting it out for the National Billiards and Snooker Championship, 2012. The tournament has started and will be held from January 12 – February 4 at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune. Derek Sippy, Tournament Director, while speaking to said, “The total prize money for the event is five lakhs”.

Top Indian cueists would be involved in the tournament. Some the high profiled players in the tournament are Pankaj Advani, Geet Sethi, Ashok Shandilya along with Aditya Mehta. It is going to be a tough fight between the players for the title, which is considered to be important in this sport. Last year, it was Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta, who won the Billiards and Snooker championship respectively.

“The competition would be played under various categories, such as junior, sub –junior, ladies, men in both, Billiards and Snooker," said Sippy. When asked whether the championship would be attended by a huge crowd, he replied, “The hall can only accommodate around 400-500 fans at a time”.

There have been a large number of people who have registered for the tournament. Does this show that the game is becoming popular in India too? Sippy said, “Compared to other sports such as cricket and football, it is not popular”. But he later added, “There are more people who play this sport, as earlier people below the age of 18 were not allowed to play, but now even a kid aged 14, can play the sport. The game was originated in India, by the British. Playing this sport was considered to be a taboo, but things have changed now”.  

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