Doha: The IBSF World Billiards Championship started today morning at the Al Arabi Sports Club with the shorter format 150-Up running for the first four days followed by the Long-Up format. The billiards event concludes on November 15 while the snooker event begins on November 17.
Among the star players include India’s Pankaj Advani, who has won a total of 16 world titles so far. He has a unique record of achieving a hat-trick of hat-tricks in the game, winning the World, Asian and Indian championships in the years 2005, 2008 and 2012.
He is in Group A for the shorter format with compatriot Brijesh Damani, Syria’s Abdulkarim Maksoud, Myanmar’s Aung Htay and Iraq’s Ihab Al Salih.
Advani’s opponent for the points format World Championship final, Peter Gilchrist of Singapore, is in Group B along with Qatar’s Khamis Al Obaidli, England’s Robert Hall, Myanmar’s Chit Ko Ko and India’s Dhruv Sitwala.