Rawat among leading cueists for All India Snooker championship

The tournament, with a prize money of over Rs 1.25 lakh, is being conducted by leading snooker academy Q-Lounge under the auspices of the Tamil Nadu Billiards and Snooker Association.

Laxman Rawat will be star attraction in the upcoming All India Snooker championship.   -  V. Ganesan

Leading cueists from across the country, including India No. 2 Laxman Rawat of Uttar Pradesh and No. 8 Yogesh Kumar will battle for honours in the Q-Lounge All India Open 15 Red Snooker Championship, beginning on Monday.

The tournament, with a prize money of over Rs 1.25 lakh, is being conducted by leading snooker academy Q-Lounge under the auspices of the Tamil Nadu Billiards and Snooker Association.

The final will be held on August 3.

Talking to reporters, Q-Lounge owners Firoze and Abdul Rahman said the tournament has attracted more than 128 players from across the country, including leading players like Rawat, Yogesh Kumar, Anuj Uppal, Rafath Habib of Railways, Girish, Arvind Kumar, Faisal Khan, among others.

The tournament would see several youngsters, including Sparsh Pherwani and Kreish Gurbuxani and three women cueists, Neena Praveen, Anupama R and S Manasvini taking part.

The event offers a cash prize of Rs 70,000 for the winner, 35,000 for the runners-up, Rs 15,000 each for the losing semifinalists.

The tournament, to be held on a knock-out basis, would be played over the best of five frames till the Round of 64.

It would be best of seven frames till the pre-quarters, best of nine frames in the quarterfinals and semifinals and the final would be best of 11 frames.

R B Ganesh, who is Gold Class in ACBs and Class-1 IBSF Referee, is the Chief Referee of the tournament.