When will I get recognition, asks World Billiards Champ Advani

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Bangalore, Sep 28 (UNI) After the protest by National hockey players belonging to the state of 'step motherly attitude', now it is the turn of World Billiards Champion Pankaj Advani expressing displeasure over not being given due recognition by the State government despite winning the ISBF Billiards World title two times.

Speaking after being felicitated by the Karnataka State Billiards Association for retaining the ISBF World Billiards title in Singapore recently, the 22-year-old billiards champ said last night that apart from the world title, he had won a number other titles including Asian Games gold medal but he was pained that the government had not bothered to recognise his achievements.

The four hockey players from Karnataka, part of the Asia Cup winning Indian team, had decided to hold 'hunger strike' in front of Chief Minister's residence for 'step motherly' attitude after it announced reward to two cricketers -- batsman Robin Uthappa and bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad after India won the Twenty-20 world cup in South Africa early this week. Acting swiftly, the government announced Rs two lakh each to the hockey stars.

Pankaj said, "does a sportsperson go on hunger strike to get recognition from the government or everybody should play only cricket to get due recognition." UNI

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