Pankaj Advani wins Sportstar Aces 2020 Special Jury Award

Pankaj Advani was presented with the special jury prize at the Sportstar Aces Awards in Mumbai on Monday.

A legend in the world of cue sports, Advani recently won his record 23rd world title at the IBSF World Snooker Team event. With that win, Advani has now won every IBSF title.

Pankaj Advani was presented with the special jury prize at the Sportstar Aces Awards in Mumbai on Monday.

A legend in the world of cue sports, Advani recently won his record 23rd world title at the IBSF World Snooker Team event. With that win, Advani has now won every IBSF title.

At the age of 18, Advani won his first world title, and at 34, the chances of him winning another world title have certainly not diminished.

After receiving the award, he said: "Thank you so much Sportstar. This came as a complete surprise to me. The relationship between a journalist and a sportsperson can be tricky at times. But the relationship between me and Sportstar and the Hindu has been healthy from day one."

"Right from my first world title win until today, they've covered it well. They've given due recognition to every athlete across sports. An award ceremony like this is a proof of that. Congrats to all other winners today. You people deserve every bit of this."

The Bangalore-based cueist has won titles every year since 2014. Advani is also the only player ever to win world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker and both formats of English billiards.

In 2014, Advani played a major role in India’s first-ever world team billiards championship win.

For his countless achievements, Advani was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 2004, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006, the Padma Shri in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan in 2018.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, chess ace Vishwanathan Anand, The Hindu Publishing Group Chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M. M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian shuttler Aparna Popat selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

The awards look to create a medium of knowledge and vision exchange as it brings all stakeholders of Indian sports under one roof.

You can watch the Sportstar Aces Awards on Sony Ten 1 SD & HD on Sunday 26 January at 8 PM (IST).

1st Repeat : Monday 27 January at 6 PM, 2nd Repeat : Tuesday 28th January  at 7 PM