India stay ranked at number 2

Cue sport powerhouse India finished second, behind Thailand, for the second year in succession in the annual rankings list announced by the International Billiards and Snooker Federation on Thursday.

Following their excellent performances in the just-concluded World Snooker Championship where Kamal Chawla and Pankaj Advani advanced to the semifinals, India accrued 106 points during the year to remain glued to the second spot at 182.

Thailand, who had finished overwhelming champions last year with 130 points, could only muster 58 this year but still topped the rankings, six ahead of India.

“The rankings is a new initiative from the world body,” said Billiards and Snooker Federation of India secretary S Balasubramaniam. “They started it last year in a bid to motivate member countries to strive harder. While they didn’t announce the rankings publically last year, this year they have decided to do so. We are really happy with what we’ve have achieved. The KSBA just successfully hosted the World Snooker Championship and our cueists have also done well. We hope to go one better next year.”

Explaining the rationale behind having a rankings system in place, Balasubramaniam said the idea was to facilitate the higher-ranked countries to seek more financial assistance from the world body.

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