NEW DELHI: Dharminder Lilly, Rafath Habib and Dhruv Sitwala have confirmed their entries for the inaugural one-cushion National carombole championship to be held at the Billiardco Hall, Malviya Nagar, here from July 26 to 30.

Lilly, who reached the final of the Guiness Asian 9-ball pool Tour recently in Kuala Lumpur, is the reigning champion in the three-cushion carombole National championship.

Lilly nonetheless will also concentrate on pool as he has been riding the luck since his maiden Asian Tour final in Malaysia. He will participate in the next event on the Tour in Shanghai, China, from August 3 to 5.

The winner of the National championship will be the Indian entry for the 3rd Asian Indoor Games to be held in Macau, China, from October 27 to November 3.

The Indian team for billiards, snooker and pool, will be picked after a selection tournament to be held in Bangalore in August. Prominent cueists including Pankaj Advani, Geet Sethi, Yasin Merchant, Alok Kumar and Manan Chandra, would be vying for berths either in billiards, snooker or pool.

Having gone through a lean patch, the Busan Asian Games snooker doubles gold medallist Rafath will try to make his comeback to the green baize through carombole.

Billiards exponent Sitwala, who is currently in London playing in the World professional billiards championship, has sent his entry from there. The World championship will get over on July 23.

The Delhi minister for Health and Family Welfare, Yoganand Shastri, will inaugurate the championship for which the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has waived off the accreditation fee of Rs. 1,750 to all participants. — Principal Correspondent

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