The Bengaluru-based Advani, one of India’s greatest cueists, did not say much after being overlooked for the award yet again, but expressed his feelings on social media.
Hurt at missing out on Padma Bhushan award for the second year in a row, 16-time world champion cueist Pankaj Advani says he does not know what he needs to do more to receive the coveted civilian honour.
Advani, who has pocketed eight world titles in the last eight years, was recommended for the third highest civilian award of the country by the Karnataka government as well as the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI).
“Thank you sir. Just feel after 16 world titles and 2 Asian games golds if I’m ignored for a padma bhushan, don’t know what more I need to do,” Advani tweeted in his response to Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who congratulated him for winning a staggering 28th national title in Pune earlier this week.
i hope Governments recognises all sports persons equally irrespective of what are famous in Media or corporate. Better luck next time Pankaj Advani gi.