India’s prowess in cue sports activities is plain, however the truth that billiards and snooker aren’t a part of the Olympics has typically led to disappointment for the nation’s main males of the inexperienced baize.
Snooker champ Pankaj Advani has typically aired his views on how unlucky it’s for him to overlook out on the opportunity of an Olympic medal—the largest prize for any sportsperson.
Nevertheless, issues might change and cue sports activities might get its due if India wins the bid to host the 2036 Olympics, mentioned Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) president Narinder Batra.
Talking at a perform organised by Maharashtra Olympics Affiliation’s Secretary Common Namdev Shirgaonkar and the Goa Olympics Affiliation in Mumbai lately, Batra mentioned that billiards and snooker may very well be added to the record of sports activities if India is given internet hosting rights for the 2016 Video games by the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC).
“I believe a few of our NSFs [national sports federations] have carried out a fantastic job in athletics, desk tennis, hockey, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, badminton, rugby and billiards and snooker. Apparently, India has received over 150 worldwide medals in billiards and snooker, however because it’s not an Olympic sport individuals don’t take discover of it. However I imagine that if India will get the 2036 Olympics then, as each host nation can add three-four sports activities of their very own if we are able to verify that we are able to win three-four gold medals, we are able to add that [billiards and snooker] as a sport,” mentioned Batra.
On the possibilities of India internet hosting the 2036 Video games, Batra mentioned that it’s a really sturdy risk. “TV viewership is a giant factor for them [IOC]. So, preserving TV viewership in thoughts, India is a really promising market. And as per the IOC, India’s TV viewership numbers for the Tokyo Olympics have surpassed all expectations,” he added.
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