Bangalore, April 17 (IANS) Pankaj Advani, who earlier this month became the first Indian to win five Asian titles, was felicitated by the Karnataka State Billiards Association (KSBA), here Tuesday.
Advani defeated Thawat Sujaritthuarkarn of Thailand, 6-3 in the final of the Asian billiards championship in Goa this month. He had earlier won the title in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
In his response to the felicitation, Advani said: "Winning a title is not my individual achievement alone, but the result of the help and support of many people who have worked tirelessly.
"My brother Shree Advani has helped me a lot with my mental preparations. He has taught me to think right, and overcome mental barriers.
"I would also like to thank my coach Arvind Savur who has been a great guiding force for me. If not for him, I would not have improved as quickly."
KSBA President M.C. Uthappa said: "He (Pankaj) already has to his credit many titles - 7 world titles, 5 Asian titles, 2 Asian Games gold medals, 2 Australian Open titles, and 22 National titles. With each passing year, he is inching towards the 100 mark.
"This felicitation ceremony is to reiterate his achievements and a token of appreciation from us. We wish him the best of luck for his next tournament."
Thanking the KSBA for their support Advani said: "KSBA is my second home. This is a wonderful place to hone your skills. Should the younger players need any advice or assistance from seniors like Bhaskar or me, we are always there."
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