Pankaj Advani on 5 September 2014 announced to retire from the professional snooker tour. He decided to retire as he was finding it difficult to divide the time between billiards and snooker. However, he will continue to participate in Billiards.
He will retire after Indian Snooker Open which is scheduled to be held in Pune from 15 September to 19 September 2014 in which he will compete in the wild card qualifying round. If he qualifies than he will compete in the tournament proper at Mumbai.
Besides, after he announced his retirement from pro snooker, Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) decided to propose his name for the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award, for his contribution to Cue Sports.
About Pankaj Advani
In 2005, he set a world record by becoming the first player to pull off a double whammy. He won both the points and time formats at the IBSF World Championship.
In 2012, Advani became the National, Asian and World Billiards Champion in the same year. He also won the IBSF World six Red Snooker Championship.
He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006 and Padma Shri in 2009.
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