English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : November 2000

The Amateur Billiard Player : November 2000

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka National Billiards Championship

Photo of Khombala Sirisoma (5k)

Khombala Sirisoma won the Sri
Lanka National Championship.

Billiards was the cue game which brought the first international laurels
for Sri Lanka, when M. J. M. Lafir won the World Amateur Billiards
Championship in 1973. The latest national billiards championship
concluded with the final at the Billiards & Snooker Association
headquarters in Columbo on Sunday 3rd September 2000.

The reigning national champion Khombala Sirisoma of the Sri Lanka
Ports Authority Sports Club won the 4 hour final by 1,622 points to
842. His opponent was J. A. Wahid of the Kandy Young Men’s Muslim
Association. At the conclusion of the first session of play Sirisoma
was leading Wahid by 820 to 350 points with breaks of 102, 140, 66,
62, 64 and 83 against a single break of 70 by Wahid. The second session
saw Sirisoma taking full control with his international exposure and
experience to outplay his opponent with additional breaks of 226 and
105, displaying perfect cue control. This was Sirisoma’s 13th National
Championship win.

In the semi-finals, Sirisoma had comfortably defeated long time rival K.
V. W. Jayasekera of the Centra YMCA by 1,221 points to 515 whilst
Wahid overcame stiff opposition from Dr. Pani Somaratne of Health
Sports Club by 748 points to 615 points. Sirisoma is expected to be Sri
Lanka’s entry to the forthcoming IBSF World Billiards Championship.

Billiards at School

With the approval of the Ministry of Education and assistance from
the Ministry of Sports, the local controlling body, the Billiards &
Snooker Association of Sri Lanka, have embarked on an ambitious
mission to promote the game among the schools sports curriculum of
Sri Lanka. The Sports Ministry, in a most welcome move, have donated
four billiard tables to the association for distribution among selected
schools in the districts. The B&SASL will conduct coaching clinics at
the respective schools and shall establish training programmes for
coaches, referees & players at district level in order to introduce the
game to a wide range of cue enthusiasts.


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