IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019 Winner – Pankaj Arjan Advani is a billiards and snooker player for India. He is now a 22-time World Champion having achieved a hat trick of hat tricks in English billiards, holding the World, Asian, and the Indian National Championship titles simultaneously. He is the greatest athlete in the history of cue sports. Pankaj was awarded the Padma Shri in the year 2018, Padma Shri in 2009, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2006.
Upon his interview after winning his 22nd title in Myanmar after defeating local favorite, Nay Thway to 6-2 in the 150-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship, Pankaj said that he was looking forward to the billiards competition that will be starting from 16th September. Pankaj also admitted that Oo has a big advantage over his competitors as he plays all formats of cue sports. He compared that he played 4-5 World Championships in a year whereas the other players played 1 or 2. Despite being a 34-year-old, Pankaj still has the same energy and love for this game.
IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019 Winner – He said he still gets excited and nervous before every tournament that he enters in. Roger Federer is Pankaj’s favorite athlete and now Pankaj has more Major titles than the Tennis legend himself, and to this, he replied that he felt great about this feat but once again reminded the reporter that Federer plays more World Meets than anybody else.
IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019 Winner
Pankaj Advani also said that cue sports is catching up in India and is making huge strides as many schools have included it in their curriculum. His Cue School by Pankaj Advani (CSPA) is India’s first chain of cue sports academies and DPS Sarjapur is already up and running. “It’s already set up and there is a huge response. And now I am planning to have another school with the Jain Group of Colleges where I studied. They are investing a lot in cricket, football and also cue sports. So that will start in another six months,” he said.
IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019 Winner – Coming back to the final match, Pankaj was leading 3-0 at the halfway mark, thanks to fluent breaks comprising 145, 89 and 127. Such was his dominance that Oo was yet to open his account. He executed his moves with flair as his sheer brilliance was on display, wowing the Myanmar crowd as they couldn’t help but appreciate his brilliant billiards.