Calcutta: Cueist Brijesh Damani, the Asian Games medal-winner and the Asian Indoor Games champion, is known as someone who refuses to give up.
Rightly so, since Damani was nowhere close to the top four in 2009 when he qualified for the Asian Indoor in Vietnam.
He was eighth after the Bangalore camp. And then he won the following camp in Goa. Overall, he was second, which saw him board the flight to Vietnam.
Rest is history as Damani, who finished second in the recently concluded National Snooker Championship in Gwalior, won gold for India.
He gets a chance this year to defend his title in Incheon, the venue of the Asian Indoors and the Asian Games, where cuesport is no longer a discipline.
So for Damani, the Asian Indoors to be held from June 29 to July 6 now remains the only scope where he can be part of an Indian team.
“When you win a medal for India and see your national flag go up, it gives you a different high. Having felt that, I want to experience that again,” he said on Tuesday.
But qualifying for the tournament, Damani feels, will be very tough.
“The top eight of the last three national championships will be at the camp. That would mean a pool of 16 to 17 players and only the top three will qualify to represent India.
“In this way the selection process is fair.”