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Billiards greats: Like father like son

SAURAV KOTHARI, son of billiards legend and former world billiards champion Manoj Kothari, has ambitions to emulate his illustrious father and win the world title.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 14:26 IST

SAURAV KOTHARI, son of billiards legend and former world billiards champion Manoj Kothari, has ambitions to emulate his illustrious father and win the world title.

The father-son duo today arrived here to participate – in different capacities — in the national billiards and snooker championship cum camp to be organised by the Sports and Youth Welfare Department at BHEL Senior Club from tomorrow.
Manoj Kothari is an official of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) deputed for the championship. His presence would motivate the young players of the capital who want to be a professional in the game.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, Kothari Senior said that it is only the desire and dedication of Saurav that will make him a world champion.

 When the son defeated father

HISTORY WAS created in 2003 when experience lost to the new blood. It was a testing time for Saurav, as his opponent was not any other player but his father. It was a memorable day for Saurav Kothari when he defeated his father and world champion Manoj Kothari in the Bengal State Championship.

“I never asked him to opt for this game. It is he who was attracted towards the game. His strong will and courage brought him to this position in the billiards and snooker at the national level”, said the proud father.

The 21-year-old Saurav started playing billiards and snooker at the age of 13. When asked about the person who brought him in the game, he simply replied that the colourful balls attracted him.

“My father used to practice in the same school where I was studying. Whenever I got the time to see him playing shots, it always inspired me to play like him”, said Saurav.

Carrying on the tradition, Saurav soon rose to the expectations. He became one of the top two players in the junior national category. At present he is placed at 5 in the senior national category.

Having played five world championships, Saurav got the ninth position in Malta, which is his best-ever position in any world championship. This was the same championship in which Pankaj Advani won the title.

Giving all credit of his performances to his father, Saurav said that it is a great feeling to be the son of a world champion. “His regular motivation and experience available to me definitely gives an edge to me on the others”, said Saurav.

When asked about the performances of his son, Manoj Kothari said that he is a good player but the inconsistency is the area he needs to tackle.

As regards the expectations in the tournament to be played in Bhopal, Saurav said that he is here to present his best.
“I am keen on giving my best rather than thinking for the position”, he said. However, he added that he is eyeing to register name in the first three places.


First Published: Mar 09, 2006 14:26 IST