CARLO BIADO BREAKS PH TITLE DROUGHT IN POOL; BSCP EXPECTS REVIVAL OF PH BILLIARDS
Carlo Biado wins the 2021 US Open 9-Ball Pool Championship, breaking the country's 27-year drought in which the Billiard Sports Confederation of the Philippines (BSCP) hopes for the revival of billiards.
Biado dominated the tournament among the 256 entries and brought back the honor to the Philippines after the last win of Efren “Bata” Reyes against Nick Varner to win the same trophy in Chesapeake, Virginia in 1994.
The 37-year-old La Union native Biado retaliated and fought back from a 13-8 deficit to defeat Singaporean ace Aloysius Yapp.
“Great and sweet victory for Carlo Biado and the Philippines despite the pandemic. Hardly had Biado the time to practice during the lockdown. In 2020 because of global lockdown, he practiced by himself in his pool table at home,” said BSCP in a statement on behalf of President Robert Mananquil.
The official also hopes that the victory of Biado will rekindle interest in a sport that has historically been associated with national pride.
“His triumph, after Efren in 1994, should encourage Filipinos to bring out their cue sticks again. And it’s a boost to billiard sports in the country,” said the BSCP.