I don`t play for personal milestones, says Advani

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 18:43

New Delhi: Newly-crowned world professional
billiards champion Pankaj Advani does not want to chase
personal milestones but said he would be happy if the records
come along the way.

Advani became the second Indian after legendary Geet
Sethi to have won the coveted world professional title after
upsetting nine-time champion Mike Russell 2030-1253 in the
final in Leeds two days back.

Asked about breaking Geet Sethi`s feat of winning five
world titles, Advani said, "I don`t think of records and
statistics when I play my game. I don`t believe in chasing
them for the sake of breaking them."

"Yes, that was a big achievement by Geet and I can keep
that aspect in mind and look at it in future. But, I am not
interested in records," he told agency.

The 24-year-old cueist, who is already a world champion
in the amateur circuit, said he would have loved to win an
Olympic medal for the country had the game been part of the
quadrennial mega event.

"I would have loved to win an Olympic medal for the
country, but it`s not part of the quadrennial event. It would
be great to raise the flag of your country at the Olympics,"
said Advani, who won his maiden professional title in Leeds.

"It (the inclusion of billiards) would have been good for
the game also. But, at present I am enjoying my game and not
thinking anything else," he said.

Advani, whose entry was initially mislaid at the world
event, forcing the competition to be re-drawn, clarified that
the world body just overlooked his entry, citing a system
error.

"It was nothing big. The world body, they just overlooked
my entry. They thought I am not participating. It was a system
error. It was mistake on their part and they had realised it
and soon rectified it," Advani said.

The Bangalore-based soft-spoken cueist said he loves to
experiment in life and is open to offers like participating in
dance competition and reality shows.

"I am not averse to indulge in new things. I am open to
try new things in my life like dance competitions or reality
shows if offers come to me. I would definitely look into it.”

"Reality shows and dance competitions are good platform
to showcase your talent. I will be happy to showcase my other
talent and qualities in front of others," said Bangalore-based
Advani.

On his decision not to turn professional in snooker, he
said one should respect his decision and take into account the
reasons behind it.

"Sachin Tendulkar has decided to quit Twenty20 and
everybody is respecting his decision. Likewise, my decision
should also be respected by others. I love billiards. It is
very satisfying. I don`t want to play in England for nine
months," he said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 18:43

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