विल्सन जोन्स -जन्म: (2 मई, 1922)

May 02, 2017

विल्सन जोन्स ( जन्म- 2 मई, 1922, पुणे, महाराष्ट्र; मृत्यु- 5 अक्टूबर, 2003) भारत के पेशेवर बिलियर्ड्स खिलाड़ी थे। उनका पूरा नाम 'विल्सन लायनेल गार्टन जोन्स' था। वे स्वतन्त्र भारत के प्रथम खिलाड़ी रहे, जिन्होंने बिलियर्ड्स में विश्व चैंपियनशिप मुकाबला जीता। उन्होंने 1958 तथा 1962 में दो बार विश्व चैंपियनशिप जीती थी। उन्हें 1962 में ‘अर्जुन पुरस्कार’, 1965 में ‘पद्मश्री', 1990 में महाराष्ट्र सरकार की ओर से ‘महाराष्ट्र गौरव पुरस्कार' तथा 1996 में ‘द्रोणाचार्य पुरस्कार’ प्रदान किया गया था। दो बार विश्व चैंपियन रहे विल्सन जोन्स 12 बार बिलियर्डस के राष्ट्रीय चैंपियन रहे तथा 5 बार स्नूकर के राष्ट्रीय चैंपियन रहे।

Wilson Lionel Garton-Jones (2 May 1922 – 5 October 2003) was a professional player of English billiards from India. Jones, a dominant national amateur champion for more than a decade, won the amateur world championship twice, in 1958 and 1964. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1963, the Padma Shri Award in 1965, and the Dronacharya Award in 1996.He was the first Indian to be a World champion in any sport.

Jones, an Anglo-Indian, was born in Pune in Maharashtra, and studied at Bishop High School and St. Vincent's High School, before joining the War Service in 1939.[5] In 1950, he won his first national title, defeating T. A. Selvaraj in the final. During the next sixteen years, he won the amateur National Billiards Championship of Indian twelve times. In 1958, he won the World Amateur Billiards Championship held at Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta. This was followed up by another world title in 1964 in New Zealand. After retirement, Jones moved on to coaching, and mentored professional champions such Om Agarwal, Subhash Agarwal, and Ashok Shandilya.

In 2003, Jones died following a heart attack.