(Last Updated on : 22/02/2012)
Billiards in India has always been considered as one of the strongest powerhouses in the world of Billiards. The main reason behind this is the utter dominance of the Indian Billiards players
over all the other players for the past several years. The players like Wilson Jones, Michael Ferreira
, Geet Sethi
, Pankaj Advani, etc have won the World Championships in several occasions. The latest sensation of Indian Billiards, Pankaj Advani has become the first player to win the World Championship in both the point`s format and time format.
The history of Billiards
is quite old and rich. The game was invented during the 14th century and a game called as `Ground Billiards` is thought to be the ancestor of Billiards in the world. However, Billiards in India is not that much old, as the game was incepted in India during the first half of the twentieth century. The game was brought to India by the British rulers of that time and it soon got popularity amongst the Indian people. With the increasing popularity of the game in India, an urge for a better management of Billiards in India
started to be felt. The visionaries like M. M. Begg took a lot of initiatives to establish an all India governing body for the sport in India. With efforts from Mr. Begg and his companions, the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India
(BSFI) was established in the year 1926, in Calcutta (Kolkata
) in the Indian state
of West Bengal
. Since then, the BSFI has been promoting the game in India and also governing all kinds of Billiards related activities in the country.
After the formation of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI), several state level Billiards associations started to be established all over India. All the state associations started to assist the BSFI in the promotion and development of the game in India. They started to conduct training programmes and to organise various kinds of tournaments to bring up new talents from all over the country. The Billiards tournaments in India
are mainly organised for providing the Billiards players with a chance to improve their skills and also to get noticed at the national level.
The BSFI and the state level Billiards associations are also working in educating the Indian Billiards players about the nitty-gritty of the game. The main objective behind their organising training programmes was to teach the players about the general rules of Billiards
and also about the terms of Billiards
. It is mainly for their relentless efforts that India has so far produced so many world class players in Billiards. Almost all the eminent Indian Billiards players were honoured by the Government of India
by receiving the Arjuna Award
from time to time. The huge number of Arjuna Awardees in Billiards
is another evidence of how many extremely talented and great Billiards players India has produced so far.