Geet Sethi needs no introduction. On Tuesday, the eight-time world champion, in a freewheeling interview with the Hindustan Times, spoke about his past, present and the future. Excerpts
Don’t you think you have been inconsistent?
It’s true that I lack consistency, but I think this happens with everybody. I’m growing old and had gone through a lot — my father’s death and mother’s illness — in the recent past. I think these things have affected my performance.
What’s your take on Olympic gold quest foundation?
It’s a unique mission (undertaken by Prakash Padukone and Sethi) to help talented athletes from various games excel at the Olympics. The government is doing its bit on this direction, but still a lot of work needs to be done. So, we have roped in various business houses to help the athletes. As soon as cue sports attain recognition as Olympic sports, I will have a special scheme for the sport.
How do you plan to make cue sports popular in India?
Two things should be done in this regard. First, it should be promoted well and second, maximum support should be given to billiards, snooker and pool parlours. The federation is doing well by conducting big events consistently, but I thing the big cities should also encourage the sport. They can certainly make the sport more popular.
Your take on cueists and whether they lag behind other sportspersons in the country as far as popularity is concerned.
Cue sports players have achieved a lot, and I don't cueists should find any reason to feel left out. But, one thing is true, we belong to a minority sport. But we have managed to stay in the limelight.
Undoubtedly, Sachin Tendulkar is known to everyone in the country. We can't compare billiards and snooker with cricket. Still cue sport players have inspired people in a positive way.