- The ace cueist confirmed he is COVID positive to news agency PTI on Monday
- A source close to the player said Advani self-tested using home kit after waking up with fever
- Advani was preparing to compete in World Snooker Championship, which was deferred to March from Jan
Multiple time world snooker and billiard champion Pankaj Advani has tested COVID-19 positive. The ace cueist confirmed it to news agency PTI on Monday.
"I was following all the COVID restrictions but still got infected. We all have to be extra careful in this third wave of COVID. I have taken medicines and I think it'll take a week for me to recover and get back to my normal routine," Advani said.
A source close to the player added, "He woke up with fever and uncontrollable shivering in the morning. To confirm if he has been affected with the virus, Pankaj tested himself with the home test kit and the results indicated that he was COVID positive."
The champion player gave a brilliant performance in the 64th National Billiards Championship which was recently held in Bhopal and won the National Billiards title.
Post his win, Advani was preparing to compete in the IBSF World Snooker Championship, which was originally scheduled to take place in January.
But the rising cases of COVID-19 has led to a postponement of the championship to March.
Mumbai has been badly affected by the pandemic and according to a bulletin issued by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), the city reported 19474 positive cases on Sunday.
(Reported by PTI)