Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau
Lucknow, Feb 21:
Ashutosh Padhy became the first player from Odisha to qualify for the junior category of the Asian Snooker and Billiards Championship to be held at Chandigarh beginning from April 4 to 10.
The brilliant Odisha teenager qualified for the event after he defeated Hrithik Jain of Madhya Pradesh in the junior snooker quarterfinal of the Manisha Billiards and Snooker Nationals at Lucknow today.
He would qualify for the World championship in the junior categories if he beats Ishpreet Chadha of Maharashtra.
Padhy had won the sub-junior billiards title after defeating Arjun Mehta of Karnataka 251-121 in the final at the Manisha Billiards and Snooker Nationals at Lucknow on February 17.