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INDIA RETURNING HOME WITH 6 MEDALS

Indian cueists delivered excellent performance over the entire week in the Asian Championships 2018 of Men Billiards, Women and Junior Snooker events and returning home with 6 Asian medals.

Monday, 26 February 2018 16:51

CCI President, Kekoo Nicholson passed away

Sad news from Mumbai that the Versatile President of Cricket Club of India, KEKOO NICHOLSON passed away. He was 63 year old and was suffering with liver ailment. He was recently shifted to Global Hospital in Parel, Mumbai for the Liver transplant but meanwhile because of the added complications, he passed away this morning at 8:37 AM.

His unparalleled affection and all-time involvement in all sports will always be remembered. Not only he was an inspirational force but also remained well supportive to many youngsters for their persuasion in sports career.

Recently (01-18 February), the cue sports fraternity was in Cricket Club of India for CCI Open Snooker Championship where everybody missed his presence during the competition as he was hospitalized that time.



He will be deeply missed, not only by Cue Sports fraternity but in all sports also. On behalf of Cue Sports fraternity, we extend the deepest condolences to the Nicholson family.

May he rest in Peace.

IOCL’s Kolkata based cueist, Brijesh Damani wins the CCI Snooker Open 2018 championship here at Cricket Club of India, Mumbai. In the final he defeated his state-mate ONGCian Sourav Kothari in a one-sided affair 7-1.

The whole match turned towards Damani’s side from the first frame itself where despite trailing by 40 odd points, he succeeded to seal the frame in his favour 57-48. In next two frames, Damani shown his authority and ceased Kothari to single digit score with a remarkable 53 points break in second frame.

Fourth frame was tight but Damani managed to clinch that too on black ball game (57-51) and so on in fifth with one point (55-54). Though Kothari managed to take away one frame to cut the deficit but couldn’t save the vastly done damage of 5 initial frames. However, Damani secured next two frames to confirm his victory over Kothari.

Mr. Sanju Kothari, the vice president of Cricket Club of India, alongwith his committee members handed over the winner’s trophy to Brijesh Damani.

The biggest guns in Indian snooker, Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta, have confirmed their participation in the Rs.12.25 Lakh total prize-money CCI Snooker Open Championship 2018, scheduled to start at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, from February 1, 2018 with the finals on 18th Feb. The tournament termed as ‘The Clash of Titans’.

The top eight ranked Indians, including newly crowned National champion Sumit Talwar of Chandigarh and runner-up Malkeet Singh of Railways, and the eight other cueists, who will receive wild card entry, will be the star attractions and the main challengers for the winners’ top prize of Rupees Two Lakh.

The other major names include two-time Asian Snooker champion Yasin Merchant, former Asian Snooker and Billiards champion, Alok Kumar and Sonic Multani, a former National Champion who has also played on the pro circuit for a couple of years before taking time out from the sport.

The Mumbai-based cueist Aditya Mehta, who is currently playing on the professional circuit, will return to the city, specially to take part in this event. Advani, recent recipient of the Padma Bhushan award and a multiple champion in snooker and billiards at the Nationals, World and Asian championships, will be a major contender to emerge as champion.

The runner-up will be richer by Rs.1.30 Lakh, the losing semi-finalists will receive Rs.75000 each, and the losing quarter-finalists will get Rs.40000 each. Players reaching the round of 16 and round of 32 would also receive cash prizes of Rs.25000 and Rs.12500 each respectively.

To bring out the best from the players and make sure some absorbing contests, the organising committee have decided to offer a special cash award of Rs 1.47 lakh for the maximum break of 147 compiled during the tournament. Meanwhile, a cash award of Rs.25000 is at stake for the highest break, the qualification is a break of 130 and above.

With the cream of Indian players, including a galaxy of stars, cue sports aficionados can look forward to some fascinating and exciting competition throughout the entire duration of the tournament.

The last 5 days of the event i.e. 14th - 18th Feb will have LIVE STREAMING of the matches on Cue Sports India's Facebook and Youtube channels.

A day before 69th Republic Day, the Government of India has announced the list of this year's Padma awardees.

Indeed it is a great moment for Cue Sports fraternity that India’s legendary cueist Pankaj Advani is one among the twelve names who will be conferred with Padma Bhushan Award at Rashtrapati Bhawan
, New Delhi in a ceremonial function around March/April this year.

Pankaj Advani is 18-time World Champion in different formats of Cue Sports (Billiards/Snooker and 6Reds). His recent achievement of winning Billiards and Snooker World Titles back-to-back
last year remained one of the rarest combination. Only a cueist can understand how difficult it is to switch from one format to another instantly and perform at highest level.

His constant performances have inspired many youngsters to pick-up the cue and are performing in competitive events.

With this announcement, he becomes the second Indian cueist, after Michael Ferreira (1983), to receive Padma Bhushan Award.

On the eve of 69th Republic Day it’s a wonderful gift from Government of India to Pankaj and the Cue Sports fraternity.


India’s star cueist, Pankaj Advani (representing ONGC) started his national snooker campaign in great style. In the opening frame of his first match today, he hit massive 125 break against Tushar Shreshtha of Bihar.