Revelling in the success of the IBSF World snooker championship
Hyderabad may well host the world professional circuit in cue sports very soon. Buoyed by the success of the recently-held IBSF World snooker championship at the HICC Hall, there are serious efforts already on to make Hyderabad a permanent destination for any world championship. What has impressed everyone concerned was the professional manner in which the organizers headed by Capt. P.V.K. Mohan, president of Billiards & Snooker Federation of India, handled the show. What struck an emotional chord was the way Capt. Mohan, who had to stay away two days from the championship because of the demise of his father and former Union Minister P. Upendra, ensured that every minute detail of the show was executed with precision.
India's champion cueist Geet Sethi says that it is very difficult for any other host country now to match the standards set in Hyderabad. A feeling echoed by Pascal Guillaume , president of IBSF. “You and your team including Balasubramaniam (vice-president of BSFI) have produced a fantastic event and it will be now very difficult for the following hosting countries to achieve such standard of quality,” he remarked in a communication to Capt. Mohan to whom the IBSF chief has also presented a special trophy as a token gesture. “With Eurosport showing great interest in telecasting the ladies and men's final of Hyderabad edition and even extending financial help, this should only benefit the cue sports,” he pointed out.
By hosting the world snooker in style and giving many Indians like city's own Lucky Vatnani a rare chance to compete in it thanks to wild-card entries, Capt. Mohan is clearly looking ahead and giving a new dimension to the cue sports and the players. The ultimate goal still remains to be chased – to include cue sports in the Commonwealth Games, not in 2010 but at least in the next editions.V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM