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Billards and snooker plan a busy 2014

Arin Kumar
Monday, December 30, 2013

THE Billiards and Snooker Association of Fiji will introduce five new events from next year in a bid to increase participation and player base of the sport in the country.

Association president Riffat Bhatti said they had a successful season in 2013 and were looking forward to a better outing in 2014.

He said included in the five events would be coaching clinics, referees training and an age grade competition.

"Looking at new events, first up, we have the Inter-Club Championship in April and the snooker coaching in May," the Carz and Carz director said.

"Then we have the referees coaching classes which all players must attend in August and then the billiards and snooker coaching in November and to end the year on a high note, we plan to host the under 21 and women's snooker tournament in December."

Bhatti said they were also looking at giving their players more exposure at international tournaments.

"From March 29 to April 6, our top players will compete in the Oceania Championship and currently, the top two in the country are Jiten Prasad and Praneel Singh respectively.

"Also, we are looking at bringing in players from Papua New Guinea, Canada and New Zealand when we host the International Snooker Open Championship in August.

"Apart from that, all other tournaments will continue as usual, East versus West in January, 6 Red Fiji Open in February, first National Ranking in May, second National Ranking in June, Fiji Open Billiards Championship in July, third National Ranking in August, fourth National Ranking in September, Veterans tournament in October and Champion of Champions in November."

He thanked all the players, officials and sponsors of billiards and snooker for their support in 2013.

"Big thanks to everyone and with a happy new year, we look forward to a bigger and better 2014."