Carlo Biado will have his 2022 plate full as he gears up for three major tournaments following his historic success at the US Open Pool Championship in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

/ 22 September 2021

Billiards chief Robert Mananquil on Tuesday bared that Biado eyes for three loaded competitions next year including Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), the Southeast Asian Games, and the World Games, where the Filipino pool player is the defending champion after he topped the 2017 edition in Poland.

The AIMAG is slated from March 10-20 in Bangkok, Thailand, the SEA Games is tentatively scheduled in May in Vietnam, and the 2021 World Games — a meet sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) but featuring disciplines not played in the Olympics — is set on July 7 to 22 in Birmingham, Alabama.

But for now, the Filipino cue artist said that he will first take a break, spending the rest of the year with his family and will fly back to the United States around January 2022. 

Pahinga muna kasi siyempre kailangan din nating mga-rest, kasi minsan kapag tuluy-tuloy ang paglalaro mo ng bilyar, nakaka-off din, e. Kailangan din ma-refresh yung katawan mo, kailangan mo ring mag-relax,” Biado said.

Last May, the 37-year-old Filipino left the country to see action in the local US meets such as the Texas Open, Austin Open, Sacramento Open, Big Time Classic Open, and Diamond Open. 

His recent and most prominent triumph came in the US Open where he stamped his class by rallying from a five-rack deficit in the final and overcame Singaporean Aloysius Yapp, 13-8, to win the top prize money worth $50,000.

Mananquil also revealed that AIMAG will have one event in billiards and only two representatives will compete that will be determined through elimination among national team members.

“We are allowed only two players each in men and women’s 9-ball. Alam ni Carlo yan na magkakaroon ng elimination yan, although with his record now, tignan natin,” said the BSCP official in the session powered by Smart and Upstream Media as the official webcast partner.

For the SEA Games, Biado ought to make up for falling short to advance in the gold medal match in the 2019 edition in Manila; he and his partner Johann Chua only bagged the bronze medal in the 9-ball doubles.

Sana kami ulit yung ipadala sa SEA Games para makabawi kami,” Biado bared.