History in snooker

FOR the first time in the history of cue sports in the country, all games in a tournament were being videotaped.

Southern Division Billiards and Snooker Association (SDBSA) introduced cameras for the LB Masters-sponsored Merchants Club Open Snooker tournament in Suva.

SDBSA president Riffat Bhatti said this was their way of moving towards professionalism.

“We are going to host the Fiji International Open-sponsored by Rattan Limited next weekend,” he said.

“And today (yesterday) we tried out the camera recording devices for all the games that were played because the same would be done during the Fiji International.”

Two cameras were allocated per table at the Merchant Club and Bhatti said they would host the Fiji International at Fiji Club, Merchants Club and Defence Club.

“Three venues would mean we would need more camera but it is something we are willing to invest in a bid to raise the profile of the sport and move it towards professionalism.

“The videos from the Merchants Club Open would be given to the players that competed for them to watch their games and see the areas they are weak in.

“They can use the videos to improve on their games in a week before the Fiji International.”

Meanwhile the quarter-finals of the Merchant Club Open were in progress when this edition went to press yesterday.

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