The annual edition of Invitation and Doubles Snooker Tournament #KolkataOpen began at Hindusthan Club, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata. The event started with Pro-Am (Doubles) tournament followed by individual event from 4th January onwards.
The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of Sri Subrata Mukherjee, Minister-in-Charge, Panchayat and Rural Development, Government of West Bengal. He was joined by Mr. Pradeep Saraogi, the President, West Bengal Billiards Association (WBBA), Mr. Shiv Kumar Lohia, President, Hindusthan Club, Mr. Abhay Kumar Surana, Games and Sports Chairman, Hindusthan Club and Mr. N.K. Tulsian, Secretary, Hindusthan Club.
The championship features Professional player, Alfie Burden from England, who remained quarter finalist in two major events last year i.e. European Masters and Gibraltar Open. The other professional player is India’s Aditya Mehta who is also former Asian Snooker Champion and the World Games 2011 gold medallist.
The Indian players participating in the competitions two time Asian Champion Yasin Merchant, 2016 World Masters Champion Dharminder Lilly, Multiple time Asian champion and current World Masters bronze medallist Alok Kumar; Asian Team Snooker Gold medallist Laxman Rawat and Kolkata’s very own former Asian Billiards Champion Sourav Kothari and the former World Bronze medallist Brijesh Damani and many more.
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