New Delhi: For the first time in his career, Pankaj Advani has decided to skip the World Billiards Championship in Leeds, and has instead preferred to compete in the International Championship.
Advani will be competing in the major snooker ranking event, scheduled to be held in Chengdu, China, from October 27 to November 3.
Advani made the “tough decision” to not to defend his World Billiards title this year due to clash of dates with the International Championship.
This is the second year in a row he has qualified for the China event, with the dates again clashing with the World Billiards Championship.
On being asked about his decision, Advani said: “This was a very tough decision for me. But in my career, I have had to make many such decisions throughout, be it in the Asian Games 2006, where each player could only play in only one discipline — snooker or billiards.”
“The choice of billiards paid off with a gold medal. Last year, I had the same decision to make (International Championship or World Billiards Championship). That too had the best possible outcome with world title number eight.
“This time around, I want to focus on snooker a little more. I have had my share of success in the 3-ball game and want to extend that to snooker now.
“But yes, the decision was yet another difficult one, considering this will be the first time I will be skipping the World Billiards Championship ever since I first started playing in it,” added Advani.