Indias top cueists,including veterans Geet Sethi and Alok Kumar,are expected to take part in the Mukesh Rehani Memorial Snooker tournament to be played from August 21 to 26 here. Two-time Asian champion Yasin Merchant,Rafat Habib,Sourav Kothari and Manan Chandra would be among other cueists vying for the top honours at the six-day long event,which will carry a total prize money of Rs 1.5 lakh.
The tournament which is expected to be an annual affair,is named after former National pool coach Mukesh Rehani. Rehani,who was a former India number two billiards player,had died of a massive heart attack last year. He had represented India at the 2002 Busan Asian Games and played five years of pro billiards. He was the first Indian to reach the round of 16 at Cardiff,UK in the 2004 World pool championship.
The tournament will be played at the Jhankar Banquet Garden at Preet Vihar and will be organised by the Delhi Billiards and Snooker Association (DBSA) under the auspices of Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI).
The championship is likely to see the participation of all the top cueists of the country. Players like Geet,Alok,Brijesh Dhamani,Manan and many others are expected to take part in the meet, BSFI vice president Ravi Tandon said. The entries in this national event will be entertained by the BSFI,through the respective state association. The entry for the event closes on August 14.
Keeping the high-profile nature of the competitors in the open competition in mind,organisers are keeping the entry fee reasonably steep. Its an open tournament with an entry fee of Rs 1,000. We expect more than 100 entries for the meet. Entry form shall be submitted to Mr Amarjeet Singh,joint secretary,DBSA, he said.