Labored on my bodily health to win back-to-back championships: Pankaj Advani | Extra sports activities Information

NEW DELHI: Revealing concerning the preparations and mindset that went into successful back-to-back championships, India’s main cueist Pankaj Advani mentioned that he labored on his bodily health and thought to himself that he has a possibility “to do one thing that has by no means been performed earlier than”.
Flying into Doha for the IBSF World Championships, Pankaj had already gained 16 World titles. He had gone there to take part within the shot format billiards, lengthy format billiards, and the very best of 15 body snooker World Championships.
“The 12 months 2017 was a really fascinating one as a result of I had plenty of occasions to play in and this was the final main occasion of the season. I knew the situations in Doha as I had been there plenty of instances and so they had been doing it in a much bigger enviornment this time,” Advani, who has 23 world titles in billiards and snooker, mentioned throughout a present named ‘The End Line’, hosted by Asian Video games Gold medallist squash participant Saurav Ghoshal.
“It was the primary time that the World Billiards and Snooker Championships had been being held back-to-back. I believed I might burn myself out so I began focusing loads on my health and ready effectively bodily. I labored out and ensured that I used to be in good situation and I believed to myself that there’s a possibility to do one thing that has by no means been performed earlier than,” he added.
Advani additional said: “I used to be taking part in towards an especially formidable opponent like Mike Russell and I had no selection however to provide my greatest to win the title. As soon as I obtained that below my belt, it gave me much more confidence going to the longer format and the snooker championship. I might have beloved to win all three, however then in fact we won’t win all the pieces.”
When quizzed about how he was feeling earlier than the snooker remaining Advani mentioned, “I used to be very nervous firstly of the snooker remaining as a result of you realize, there are foolish ideas working in your thoughts at all times. I imply as a sportsperson you realize that. Like for instance, I had gained the primary billiards championship, and so then I obtained the bronze within the different billiards remaining. For me, that was a loss as a result of I’m solely interested by the gold, after which when the snooker got here I lastly mentioned to myself that right here I’ve an opportunity to win one other title, but when I lose, I’ll return with just one title. However I finally gained the championship and felt content material about it.”
Pankaj ended up changing into the first-ever participant to win the World Billiards Championships and World Snooker Championships back-to-back, that too in area of a few weeks. His laborious work and dedication in direction of the game have helped him win 23 world titles.

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