Calcutta: City-based Manish Jain is leaving for Leeds on Monday to participate in the first-ever unified World Billiards Championship.
“I am confident of putting up a good show. I will be up against three qualifiers. I am upbeat that I will be in the main draw,” Manish, the youngest Indian to participate in the meet, said on Saturday.
Newly-formed World Billiards Ltd has brought together the International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) and World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA) events for a unified World Championship.
The 24-year-old said he had been practising hard to make a mark in Leeds. “I am practising eight hours a day under the guidance of Shyam Jagtiani. I am looking forward to this meet.”
The India No. 9 will be staying back to participate in the World Snooker Players’ Tour Championship. “Money is a big factor. I am spending Rs 2.5 lakh from my own pocket for the month-long stay. I have got some help but that’s not enough,” the Railway cueist said.