Pankaj Advani defeats Sourav Kothari to win Asian Billiards Championship

Apr 17, 2017 15:30 IST

Pankaj AdvaniPankaj Advani on 14 April 2017 defeated Sourav Kothari 6-3 to win the Asian Billiards Championship final held in Chandigarh.

It is Advani’s seventh Asian title.

About Pankaj Advani

Born on 24 July 1985, Pankaj Arjan Advani is an Indian professional player of English billiards and former professional snooker player.

He has achieved a hat-trick of hat-tricks in English billiards, holding the World, Asian, and Indian National Championship titles simultaneously, in three different years: 2005, 2008 and 2012.

In 2012, he became a snooker professional.

He won the 2014 IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship, on his debut in that discipline.

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He is the only player ever to win world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker (15-red standard, and 6-red) and both formats of English billiards (time and point).

He is India's first world champion in 6-red snooker.

On 14 August 2014, he helped win the first ever World Team Billiards Championship held in Glasgow, Scotland, along with Rupesh Shan, Devendra Joshi and Ashok Shandilya.

In 2004, he was honoured with the Arjuna Award. In 2006, he was awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. In 2009, he was bestowed with the Padma Shri.

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