The Indian Billiards and Snooker Players Association is concerned

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On Saturday, the Billiards and Snooker Players Association of India (BSPAI) requested that the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) restore its affiliation and allow two delegates to participate in the national federation.

In February 2021, the BSPAI, founded in 1992 and active until 2007-08, was resurrected.

“In the early part of this year, we began working with the BSFI. “Now they claim they don’t recognise us,” stated Cherag Ramakrishnan, president of the BSPAI, during a virtual news conference.

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The players’ organisation, according to Ramakrishnan, is seeking recognition from the BSFI as well as representation of two players chosen by it in meetings of the BSFI management committee and executive committee.

“They’ve said that they’ll nominate two players each year. This will have an impact on the continuity. We’ve asked the Sports Ministry to look into the situation,” Ramakrishnan stated.

Yasin Merchant, an Asian Games gold medallist in snooker and a vice-president of the BSPAI, claimed the players’ organisation was not anti-establishment.

“Instead of selecting National champions, they should nominate the appropriate individuals who can say the right things,” Merchant remarked.

“We are asking for a little transparency,” Pankaj Advani, a multiple World champion and another BSPAI vice-president, stated. However, some of us have worked in administrative positions, and we will not be unreasonable in our demands,” Advani added.

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