The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Friday appointed former world billiards champion Manoj Kothari as the national chief coach for billiards and snooker. Kothari was appointed on the recommendation of the Billiards & Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) for a period of one year.
Announcing Kothari's appointment, vice-president of BSFI, Ravi Tandon, said, "Kothari was appointed as Subhash Agarwal's term as coach had expired and Kothari was best man possible for the job."
Kothari, who is credited with the introduction of scientific coaching in billiards, will be in charge of the team for the Asian Games to be held in China in November.
The 52-year-old was delighted and said he would give his best. "My first target is to prepare the team for the Asian Games and for that I will be holding individual sessions with the probables to improve their game," said Kothari.
A mechanical engineer by profession, Kothari was positive that India could end the Games with at least two medals, including a gold in billiards.