BSFI directs city association to conduct state meet again

In a meeting that took place between the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) and the two rival factions — Delhi Billiards and Snooker Association (DBSA) and the rebel Delhi Cue Sports Association (DCSA) — the parent body decided that the state snooker activities will be organised under the banner of the DBSA but gave the DCSA several concessions. BSFI has directed the DBSA to organise the state championship afresh and has also asked Vijay Goel of DCSA to take charge as president of the state body. However these claims are contested by DBSA officials.

Last month, several cueists had boycotted the state championships over its poor conduct and other issues of mismanagement by the DBSA, but the association went on with the tournament anyway. This put several of the state's top cueists out of contention of the upcoming nationals.

The decision has not gone down well with DBSA. Talking to Sportline, secretary of the DBSA Ravi Tandon claimed that since the Delhi State championship has already been organised, with awards and cerificates issued to the respective winners, it is not viable to organise another tournament. Refusing to comment on whether or not the tournament will be conducted again, Tandon said the BSFI will make a call soon.

"In the meeting, I had submitted a requisition to the federation about the Delhi State Championships which took place recently at the National Sports Club of India. I stated that the awards and certificates have been issued to the cueists and hence another fixture doesn't make sense. So the federation has taken up the matter in their hands and will let us know in four to five days," Said Tandon.

However, a DCSA official Vivek Pathak said that the federation has clearly stated that the Delhi State Championships has to be re-organised, keeping in mind the fate of the cueists. Pathak said that the tournament was declared null and void in the presence of secretary Tandon and he had agreed to follow the federation's orders.

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