Biography – Pankaj Advani
Biography – Indian Sportsperson – Pankaj Advani
Pankaj Advani is a highly acclaimed and talented Indian Billiards and Snooker player. He is regarded most promising Billiards player of India in recent times. He is the first player in the history of billiards who has completed a Grand Double in Billiards. He studied at Frank Anthony Public School in Bangalore and was a brilliant student. He completed his graduation from Mahaveer Jain College, Bangalore.
Pankaj won his first title at an early age of 12 in 1997 when he was the winner of B.S. Sampath Memorial Handicap Tournament. Thereafter Pankaj never looked back and created numerous records both at State and National level. He won the Indian Junior Billiards Championship in 2000 and defended the title successfully by winning it 7 times in a row. He cliched the Indian Snooker Championship In the year 2003 and won it continuously for 4 years in a row. When he was only 17 years old, Pankaj won the Senior National Billiards Championship. He was the youngest Indian Player to do that. At the age of 19, he won the Senior National Snooker Championship and again he became the youngest player to achieve that feat.
Pankaj stormed the international Billiards scene by winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship in 2003 at the age of 18 years. In 2005, Pankaj created records after records. He began the year by winning the Asian Snooker Championship 2005 title in India. After this, he won the Double World Billiards titles in both Points and Time Format. This event was held at Malta. Pankaj created a world record by winning both the World Billiards titles within the same year. In year 2005, Pankaj became the first Indian to win 5 Billiard titles within same year including World Championship (Time), World Championship (Points), Junior National, Senior National, and Asian Championship.
Pankaj has been awarded with many awards from various Government and Non-Government bodies at a young age. Some of the prestigious awards received by Pankaj are as follows:
Arjuna Award in 2004
Rajiv Khel Ratna Award in 2006
Hero India Sports Award in 2004
Vision of India’s International Indian Award in 2005
Karnataka’s Kempegowda Award in 2007
Karnataka Government’s Highest Award
Rajotsav Award in the year 2007