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TNBSA thanks CM for gesture to shining players

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Billiards, snooker under sports quota & MIMS

Pranav & Anupama maiden beneficiaries

Thanks to the efforts of Tamil Nadu Billiards and Snooker Association (TNBSA) president Soumini Srinivas, players of the state now have an opportunity to pursue both their passions – the love for billiards and snooker as well as academic pursuits. Ms. Soumini, who is also vice president of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI), worked relentlessly to ensure that billiards and snooker were included under the sports quota for admissions to professional courses and Mission International Medals Scheme (MIMS) under which talented sportsperson get financial support.

D.U. Pranav Nath of Madurai gets the distinction of becoming the first billiards and snooker player from Tamil Nadu to get admission into an engineering college under Anna University this academic year. This can be a double-edged sword as sometimes sportspersons can get so focused on their academics that they tend to forget the sport that brought them to the limelight. Young Pranav, however, has different ideas and is clear cut that he wants to focus on snooker to become a world champion along with pursuing his education in Electronic and Communications Engineering preferably in a college in his home city of Madurai.

Another youngster, Anupama Ramachandran of M.O.P. Vaishnav College is one of the first billiards and snooker beneficiaries under the MIMS. After a casual encounter with the game of green baize to overcome the boredom of summer vacations, she took to the game as fish takes to water and soon became the toast of the sporting fraternity by easily climbing higher echelons of the game. From the tables of Mylapore Club, Anupama has entered the portals of international venues by representing India in the sub-junior, junior and senior categories. Post pandemic revival of the international calendar, she hopes to add more laurels for the faith reposed in her by the state government and the TNBSA .....

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