Pankaj Arjan Advani
Born: 24 July 1985
- He is an Indian billiards and snooker player.
- He won the amateur IBSF World Billiards Championship and the IBSF World Snooker Championship 14 times and 3 times respectively.
- He also won the professional World Billiards Championship 4 times and the amateur Asian Snooker Championship once.
- He became a snooker professional in 2012, and his first season on the main tour was the 2012/2013 season.
- He won the 2014 IBSF World 6-Red Snooker Championship, on his debut in that discipline.
- As such he is currently the only player ever to win world titles in both the long and short formats of snooker (15-red standard, and 6-red) and both formats of English billiards (time and point).
- He is also India’s first world champion in 6-red snooker. Since 2014, Advani has focused solely on English billiards.
- In recognition of his achievements, the Government of India has bestowed several awards upon Advani: the Arjuna Award in 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2006, Padma Shri in 2009 and Padma Bhushan in 2018.
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July 24, 2020