Singapore’s best known criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan has a secret weapon for fighting complex cases in court – snooker. It had become Subhas’ habit to play a game of snooker whenever the court broke for lunch.
“Whenever I’m handling a big case, I will mull over it over a game of snooker,” the 64 year-old says.
Years ago, friends introduced Subhas to snooker. “Call it peer pressure, but I gradually grew to enjoy the game,” he says. “If you take snooker seriously, it is just like fighting a case. With snooker, you’ve got to think fast and anticipate your opponent’s moves. In the courtroom, you have to analyse quickly why the prosecutor is asking a certain question – is he laying the foundation to prove a point?”
Later, at his friends’ insistence, he ran for presidency at Cuesports Singapore, the national association for billiards, snooker and pool. Under his five year tenure, Singapore’s snooker, pool and billiard players went on to win two gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the 2007 and 2008 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The above is an excerpt from “Game For Life”, a book that chronicles the journeys of 25 Singaporeans whose lives have been made extraordinary through sport. To read more about Subhas among other inspiring stories of hope and achievement, get your copy of “Game for Life” for just SGD$ 20 from SSC’s Sports Library located at 230 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore 397799.
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