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Amee Kamani quietly creates history at the Asian Snooker Championships

Amee Kamani quietly creates history at the Asian Snooker Championships

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Published: 25 March 2018 5:22 AM GMT
At the Asian Championships yesterday, there were two Indian cueists who came away with the top-honours. For India's Amee Kamani, she would have imagined she created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win the Snooker title at the tournament. Sadly, for her, the achievement was completely overshadowed by the news of Pankaj Advani's successful defense of his Asian Billiards Crown. Barely one sentence hidden in the middle of paragraphs singing praises of Advani's conquests was all this young cueist managed. Clearly, to break to dominance of one man who has been the face of Indian cue sports for a very long time, it would take more than creating history. To set the record straight, India's Amee Kamani won the Asian Women's Snooker title by convincingly getting the better of her Thai opponent Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan 3-0. Right after the tournament which took place in Malaysia, one of the rare news reports which carried her achievements as the highlight from the tournament, quoted her as saying that this win was just a small stepping stone for her. The final match against her opponent was a tough one and she was glad to have displayed the maturity to come out on top against Siripaporn. "All I thought about was playing well. For us, these are the days we live and play for. But this is definitely not the end of the road. My next target is a Gold at the Egypt World Championships," she told
Amee, however, got some appreciation from the Madhya Pradesh Sports Ministry as Minister Yashodhara Raje congratulated her both via a phone call and on Twitter. But what does this apathy towards her achievement say about the discriminatory attitude of Indian sports fans and the media alike? In the same conversation with Patrika, Amee commented on how India had no dearth of talent when it came to CueSports. The lack lay elsewhere which might prevent younger and upcoming players from getting a fair chance. "The game has evolved over the years. As such, coaches who have kept up with the changing trends and techniques are needed for the younger players if they are to compete internationally," she said. Here's wishing Amee Kamani the very best on her achievement and hopefully, there will be many more to come.
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