World Billiards: Renu beats daughter to win bronze
AGE IS NOT criteria for Dr Renu Bharkatiya. At 56, she showed her class to beat her own daughter and four time national snooker champion Pooja Galendiya to win the bronze medal in the recently concluded World Ladies Billiards Championship held at Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Dr Renu before reaching the last four, defeated Hinna Jones and June Banks and in the quarterfinals she defeated Pooja to sail in to last four. She lost to Chitra of Karnataka in the semifinals.
Dr Renu, head of the department in Government Arts and Commerce College, showed interest in sports right from her school days and has represented at the national level in various disciplines like badminton, volleyball, soft ball, pool, billiards, snooker and yoga.
She was a good badminton player also but as age crept up with her, she shifted to billiards in 1989 at the age of 39. She picked up the game fast and played in the nationals held at Bangalore and achieved a commendable sixth position.
In 1991-92 she played the nationals in Jodhpur and lost to her daughter Pooja Bharkatiya. Incidentally Pooja won four nationals, thrice in snooker and once in billiards.
A national award winner, Dr Renu hails from a family of sportspersons. Her husband is a chemical engineer and had also played in cricket and soccer for his college team while doing his MBA in the US.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Dr Renu said that she practices two hours daily as and when she gets time from her College schedule. She practices at Yeshwant Club daily and would be taking part in the next nationals to be held at Bangalore in January 2007.
She said billiards is not a strenuous game but it requires full concentration. She said being a member of Yeshwant Club, playing the game is not costly but if any one practices outside, it is an expensive game. Dr Renu is a keen follower of Geet Sethi and Yasin Merchant and in women her favourite is Renna of UK who become the champion in the recently concluded tournament.
Dr Renu said she received appreciation letter from former president of MP Billiards and Snooker Association Bholu Mehta congratulating her on winning the bronze medal.
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