Indian Open 2016 – World Snooker Ranking Tournament
After successfully accomplishing the last two episode of “Indian Open – The World Snooker Ranking Tournament”, the Billiards & Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) is now hosting the 3rd edition of the World Ranking Snooker Tournament – Indian Open 2016 at HICC Novotel in Hyderabad from July 5th till 9th. The matches will have a LIVE telecast on Sony Six Channel in India and simultaneously in 80 countries around the world.
The qualification for the active participation of top 64 players has already been completed and the performers and there matches LISTED HERE.
With the active support of the Government of Telangana and other major sponsors, the tournament is likely to be of the highest standard.
Hyderabad city has the history of hosting many high quality tournaments including World Billiards Championship in 2003 and IBSF World Snooker Championship in 2009. Several path-breaking and innovative ideas are being pursued by the association under the dynamic leadership of Mr. K. Vishweshwar Reddy (Member of Parliament).
“Having world champions playing in Hyderabad is a great pride for the city and this places the city prominently on the World map. We expect more international sporting events to come to Hyderabad and Telangana government supports such international tournaments that help project Hyderabad and its heritage at international level,” said Mr. Vishweshwar Reddy.
Speaking with the media, Capt. Mohan said, “I am very happy to have this championship in Hyderabad and we have received a lot of support from the Government of Telangana. This will be a very good exposure for Indian players who are looking to showcase their skills at international level.”
The Indian challenge will be spearheaded by current IBSF World Champion, Pankaj Advani and reigning World Games Gold Medalist Aditya Mehta. There are 6 Indian wild cards participating in this tournament consisting of Manan Chandra (India No.2), Ishpreet Chadha (India No.3), local boy Lucky Vatnani, Kamal Chawla and Dilip Kumar.
“The format is the same as in the earlier versions which would be Best of 7 Frames up to Finals and Best of 9 Frames for the Final. There is tremendous excitement all over the country especially in the host city to witness the best players of the world in action,” said Capt. Mohan.
Speaking in the press conference Pankaj Advani said, “I wish to thank Capt. Mohan and the BSFI for organizing this prestigious tournament and feel honoured to participate in this.”
Aditya Mehta spoke to the media during the press conference and said, “It is a great opportunity for me to participate in the Indian Open. I am happy that it is being held in Hyderabad this time and look forward to see the top players in action.”