Cue sport gets off the mark on Jan. 19
The Billiard and Snooker Association has made all arrangements to
conduct the sixth annual National Eight and Nine Ball Pool Championship
2007. The championship’s main sponsor is Finance and Guarantee Company
while the co-sponsor is Apex Pool Parlour, Borella.
The dates for the tourney are from January 19-26 at the Apex Pool
Parlour, Borella. Matches are to commence at 11.00 a.m. during the
weekends and holdings while on other day the games commence at 1.00 p.m.
Shafeek Rajabdeen speaking at the press briefing held yesterday at
the Billiard and Snooker Association of Sri Lanka said pool game has
picked up well in the country. Specially in the districts of Colombo,
Kandy and Gamapaha.
Previously the championship attracted only around 25-30 cueists. But
now it has increased tremendously with ladies too taking on to the game.
This year already over 200 competitors for both versions will battle
it out in the all island level conducted on a knock out basis before
entering the national level which will be played on round robin basis.
It is glad to note that a lady, Thilini de Silva too has entered the
battle representing Queen’s Pool Parlour.
The winner will go away with a cash prize worth Rs. 50,000 and Trophy
while the runner-up is entitled to a purse worth Rs. 10,000. He further
said that the Ministry of Sports has given its fullest co-operation to
the Association to conduct these tournaments and also to refurbish the
Headquarters which needed many renovations.
Continuing he said that the Under-21 National Snooker Championship is
to commence in February. For which entries are accepted till January 18.
This championship too will be conducted on the same format before the
National level begins.
The knock out and the Round Robin stages are to be conducted for
seven frames while the finals of both versions will be played for nine
frames. This tournament will be played on the tables at the
Association’s Headquarters, Reid Avenue.
Answering a question, Rajabdeen said in the future the Association
hopes to promote the sport in the districts and to conduct the initial
stages at that level once it picks up in those areas.
This has to be done if we are to reach the international level
competitions. We in Sri Lanka is capable of producing a world champion
from this sport provided we take great care in finding the talent
Once this is done the Association will guide them on the correct path
for the purpose.
He thanked the media for the support extended to promote the sport in
the past and requested the mediamen to continue with the same for the
sake of the sport.