Mark Selby (from the United Kingdom) won the 2014 World Snooker Championship on May 5 by defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan (also from the United Kingdom). Selby is 30 years old and has been nicknamed “The Jester from Leicester” because of his amusing comments at times and he comes from a town called Leicester (pronounced “lester”). The championship is played every year in Sheffield, UK. Snooker, like billiards, is played by using a long stick to hit a bunch of balls on a green table with holes. The most likely origins of snooker come from the British soldiers in India over a hundred years ago. They had invented a different version of billiards which got named after the term used for inexperienced soldiers – “snookers”!
Image Credits: www.worldsnooker.com for Selby’s image
Sources: http://www.markselby.info/, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/, http://www.worldsnooker.com/