Susantha Boteju once again proved his dominance in cue sport by winning the 59th National Snooker Championship which concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium Hotel recently.
Boteju, who was the reigning National Champion qualified for the final by defeating H.S.M. Aslam 6-4 frames in the first semi final while Munsi beat M.J. Anjelo Cronge 6-4 frames in the other semi final to book his berth in the final.
The final stage of the championship lined up 32 National level cueists, including eight new entries who qualified after the all-island tournament. Altogether 29 players, who cleared the district level stage took part in the all-island competition representing Colombo (17), Kandy (8) and Galle (4) Districts.
The championship was conducted by the Billiards and Snooker Association of Sri Lanka (BSASL) and was sponsored by the Sumathi Group of Companies for the 12th consecutive year. According to the BSASL the number of participants in the district level was impressive this year.
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