FOR THE first time a snooker event on league basis will be organised at Snooker Joint Club, Maharana Pratap Nagar from September 7. The final will be played on September 9.
Snooker, that entered the Capital after the national-level championship organised by Sports and Youth Welfare Department, managed to attract the youths in large number. The event saw the presence of international cueists like Pankaj Advani (recently awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna), world champion Geet Sethi, Ashok Shandilya and almost all national-level players.
Thereafter, the All-India BHEL Open Snooker was organised and was a huge success. But the players demands regular tournaments, as they have little opportunity in such tournaments to demonstrate their talent.
“As these tournaments have been organised on the knock-out basis, the participating players have little chance to get the exposure once they lose the match. League tournament was indeed a need for the new generation cueists”, said a senior snooker player.
According to the organiser of the tournament, Manish Kukreja, the objective of league-based tournament is to provide an opportunity of exposure to the City players. “Bhopal has no dearth of talent but these are not organised. Appearing in a tournament is less important than regular practice”, said Manish who himself a good cueist.
He is hoping that this will motivate others to organise more tournaments on the league basis. In an attempt to provide best atmosphere of the snooker events, the organiser would strictly abide by the rules followed at the national-level tournaments. “Though this tournament is of the district level, we have followed all the rules and regulations of the national-level tournaments by strictly following them”, said Manish.
Such was the seriousness of the organisers that they have asked the participants to play matches with the dress code prescribed by the national federation.
To maintain interest in the tournament, the organisers have limited the entries to only 16 players. Manish said that by limiting the entries he would be able to do justice to the objective of the tournament. Renowned players like Savinay Jain, Ritesh and others have confirmed their entries.