HIS Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik yesterday (15 January 2009) officiated the first ever Asia Vs Europe Men’s 9-Ball Team Challenge 2010 that is currently being held at the Rizqun International Hotel.
Organised by the Brunei Cue Sports Association with the support of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports through the Department of Youth and Sports and sponsored by GHK Motors Sdn Bhd, the event is sanctioned by the Asian Pocket Billiard Union and the European Pocket Billiard Federation. The championship has attracted top professional 9-ball players from Europe and Asia who will be battling to prove which team is the best.
Ralf Souquet, ranked world Not is leading a contingent of four European members – Darren Appleton and Imran Majid from Great Britain, Ruslan Chinahov from Russia, Nick Van Den Berg from Holand against the likes of Efren “Bata” Reyes the magician, Francisco Bustamante, Ko Pin-Yi and Lu Hui Chan both from Chinese Taipei and Brunei own Teo Chee Soon of Team Asia.
Dato Paduka Haji Jemat bin Hj Ampal, the co-chairman of the organising committee and President of Brunei Cue Sports Association (BCSA) in his welcoming remark said, “We are honoured and very proud to organise the first ever world class 9-ball continental team event where five world top ranking professional players from Europe and five top ranking players have been invited to represent each region in the Asia VS Europe 9-ball team challenge 2010.”
He expressed, “It is hoped that the tournament will give the opportunity for the people of Brunei Darussalam especially young pool players and enthusiasts to see the great players in action and be inspired by them.
“Besides fostering closer friendship, the tournament between Asian and European players is also aimed at upgrading the level of professionalism in Cue Sports in the country. The involvement of our local referees, technical staff and volunteers in the tournament will certainly be of great benefit and a valuable experience,” he added.
Dato Paduka Haji Jemat also highlighted “It is hoped that Brunei’s only player in the prestigious tournament will gain some game experience from other professional players. It is also hoped that tournament such as this would further attract more of our youths to participate in Cue Sports, not only for recreational purposes but also to be competitive.”
After the speech, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik officiated the championship with a break shot, followed by the introduction to the participating players and receiving a pesambah from Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin.
Following a short break, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik also witnessed the first match up of the championship between Team Asia represented by Ko Pin-Yi and Lu Hui Chan who faced Ruslan Chinahov and Nick Van Den Berg of Team Europe. Team Asia won easily with a score line of 5-1. Photo courtesy of infofoto
The event is sanctioned by Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) and European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF)
A total of US$45,000 prize money will be up for grabs with the team champion getting US$27,000, team runner-up (US$13,000), single match winner US$5,000 and US$500 per match. There will be 10 matches throughout the 3 days event.
The Asian team players will comprise of Teo Chee Soon (Brunei Darussalam), Ko Pin Yi (Taiwan), Lu Hui Chan (Taiwan), Efren Reyes (Philippines) and Francisco Bustamante (Philippines).
The European team players are Ko Ralf Souquet (Germany), Niels Feijen (Holland), Imran Majid (Great Britain), Darren Appleton (Great Britain) and Ruslan Chinahov (Russia).
Teo Chee Soon of Brunei Darussalam is currently ranked No 50 in APBU ranking (Nov 2009) and ranked No 2 in Brunei National Pool Ranking.
Ko Pin Yi from Taipei City whose nickname is Prince of Pool is currently ranked No 1 in APBU ranking (Nov 2009) and No 11 in world ranking (Oct 2009) while compatriot Lu Hui Chan nicknamed Whirlwind Kid is currently ranked No 10 in APBU (Nov 2009) and No 15 in the world (Oct 2009).
`The Magician’ Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes from the Philippines is currently ranked No 15 in APBU (March 2009) and No 122 in the world (May 2009) while Francisco Bustamante nicknamed Django is currently ranked No 32 in APBU (March 2009) and also No 32 in the world ranking (May 2009).
Ko Ralf Souguet of Germany nicknamed The Kaiser and The Surgeon is currently ranked No 1 in Europe (Oct 2009) and also No 1 in world ranking (Oct 2009) while Niels Feijen of Holland nicknamed The Terminator is currently ranked No 2 in Europe (Oct 2009) and No 3 in world ranking (Oct 2009).
Ruslan Chinahov of Russia is currently ranked No 19 in Europe (Oct 2009) and No 31 in the world ranking (Oct 2009).
In conjunction to this events, public is more welcome to see the competitions for free.
Brunei Darussalam football enthusiasts is expected to roar again locally and abroad, when DPMM FC have offered an opportunity to compete in the upcoming season of the Singapore League (S-League) by Football Association of Singapore (FAS).
DPMM FC were dropped from the tournament after FIFA banned Brunei football clubs to play international football after Brunei Registrar of Societies deregistered BAFA on 15 November 2008 and failed to appeal after one month notice.
Since then, Football Federation of Brunei Darussalam (FFBD) was born on 26 November 2008 and being the new national football body, but was then not recognised by FIFA.
According to FIFA, BAFA was suspended due to government interference in its affairs before FFBD took place.
Should the authorities reinstate BAFA by 7 January, DPMM FC will be back on track for the title run as per deadline given by FAS before DPMM FC can participate.
Becoming one of the top three club in the S-League tables throughout their tournament periods, DPMM FC won Brunei football fans hearts when they won the Singapore League Cup in June last year, putting down SAF FC in the final. DPMM FC also remarked a clean record playing at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
The only gold medal for the sultanate’s came from Hj Md Khairul Bahrin Hj Duraman at the men’s tunggal event.
Whilst the only silver came from wushu women’s Duilian (doubles broadsword and spear), coming from Faustina Woo Wai Sii and Lee Ying Shi event.
The bronze medals, meanwhile, came from karate-do (four), silat (three) and wushu (one).
Brunei athletes arrival at the Brunei International Airport in Berakas were greeted by their family and SEA Games officials.
After hosting Group 5 of the Davis Cup last April, the Brunei Darussalam Tennis Association (BDTA) has confirmed their participation for next year events which will be held at Jordan. Four Bruneians will compete in the 2010 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group 4 schedule in 19th April.
Sixty registered player will represents 11 nations for the tournament. Ten other countries were Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Myanmar, Qatar, Singapore, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, UAE and Yemen.
Laos gained further recognition as gracious hosts of the 25th SEA Games when the International Olympic Council awarded the nation with the President’s Trophy to the Standing Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic His Excellency Somsavat Lengsavad. Somsavat is also the chairman of the 25th South East Asian Games Organizing Committee, and who received the award from the vice-president of the IOC, Ng Ser Miang on behalf of IOC president Jacques Rogge.
“On behalf of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Family congratulate the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for hosting the South East Asian Games for the very first time. You have organized excellent Games and extended your warm and wonderful hospitality and friendship to all the participants and visitors to the Games.
“To each and every one of the 3100 athletes from the 11 SEA Games countries, you have competed, lived and embraced the Olympic values of “Excellence, Friendship and Respect”. Congratulations on your outstanding performances.
“On behalf of the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, I have the privilege of honouring the Government and the people of Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the man responsible for organizing the Games, His Excellency Somsavat Lengsavad, Standing Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 25th South East Asian Games.”
Over the past three years, Laos have worked tirelessly to fulfil the Government’s vision to promote sport among the people of the country, hence contributing to building a peaceful and better world through the practice of sport in the Olympic spirit. Sport is after all the only language understood by everyone, and an important element that unites people and the Laos government took on the challenge to host the 25th SEA Games and successfully transformed the sporting landscape of the country.
The Sports Complex at Km16 with its magnificent main stadium, aquatic centre, shooting range, tennis courts and competition halls, amongst the other outstanding facilities spread over Vientiane such as the SEA Games Golf Course and the Judo Hall are among the best found in the region.
“Excellency, your personal interest and attention in the organization of the Games have resulted in the most successful Games, not only in terms of the excellent organization and outstanding hospitality, but also in the remarkable performances from the Laos athletes. The Laos athletes achieved a record total of 33 gold medals, 25 silver and 52 bronze medals to finish seventh overall,” he added.
The Laos People’s Democratic Republic now joins the list of countries that have successfully hosted the South East Asian Games. In his keynote address during the closing ceremony of the 25th edition of the SEA Games last night, His Excellency Bouasone Bouphavanh, the Prime Minister of the Laos said that Laos faced some difficulties in preparing for the Games.
“But as a member of ASEAN, we are committed to putting on the best Games we can. We, the Organizing Committee, contributed out best effort in every aspect to ensure that these SEA Games embody the Games’ philosophy of cooperation, friendship and mutual development,” added Bouasone.
“This is an opportunity for national economic and social development that will contribute to the preservation of our national culture and is a wonderful chance to show the world out beloved country which holds dear the sentiment of the Games motto: Generosity, Amity, Healthy Lifestyle.” Courtesy of ICT Committee.
Both teams struggled to find their fluency in a scrappy opening spell although as the half wore on Vietnam started to enjoy more of the possession. They went close on 25 minutes with a header well saved by Malaysia’s Mohamad Sharbinee Allawee but failed to create many clear openings in a stadium filled with thousands of Vietnam supporters clad in red t-shirts.
In the second half Malaysia threatened much more, particularly on the counter-attack. Saarani Ahmad Fakri missed a good chance with his head at the near post after a cross by Idlan. Four minutes later they had a shot cleared off the line. Zaquan Adha burst through the middle just after coming on as a substitute in the 69th minute but could not finish.
Urged on by their fanatical supporters, Vietnam continued to push forward but left themselves exposed to quick breakaways and eventually paid the price.Photo credited to afp.
Barcelona will take on Copa Libertadores winners Estudiantes in the final on December 19. Atlante FC will meet Pohang Steelers in the play-off for third place on the same day.
The Catalans who had lost their way a bit in the first half and had levelled through Sergio Busquets, had to rely on the ‘Messi Magic’ to take them through. Messi came off the bench in the 55th minute and scored in the same minute to pilot the Spanish giants home.
Sergio Busquets scored in the 35th minute, Lionel Messi scored in the 55th minute and Pedro rounded it off in the 67th minute. Guillermo Rojas scored in the fifth minute for Atlante.
Despite the packed Stadium rooting for the Spanish giants, the small boys from Mexico were fired up for the game. Their forwards were menacing, the midfield controlled the game and the defence stood up well to the Barcelona forwards.
In fact, they scored off their first foray in just the fifth minute of play after the Barcelona defence lay in tatters. Midfielder Guillermo Rojas made a fine interception of a long ball in and Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes charged out of his citadel. And despite defender Dani Alves tailing him, Rojas had the legs over him and nudged his left-footer into goal.
Barca threatened two minutes later but only just as Sergio Busquets’s dangerous header off a Xavi corner was collected by goalkeeper and captain Federico Vilar.
Barcelona defender Dani Alves received a yellow card for a foul on old rival Santiago Solari. The lanky Solari has played for Real Madrid in the Spanish League.
The Barcelona defence was all over the place again and Fernando Navarro could have got Atlante’s second just five minutes after the opening goal. Navarro slipped through the Barca defence and had just the goalkeeper Victor Valdes to beat but captain Carles Puyol, who tailed him, made contact just at the nick of time and deflected the ball away.
Stung by the early reverse, Barcelona hit their strides and almost got the equaliser in the 26th minute but their charismatic playmaker Andre Iniesta’s swerving left-footer sailed over the cross bar.
Later, in the 33rd minute, the rocker-looking Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who moved from Italian club Inter Milan this season, fired a threatening free kick just over the cross bar.
But they didn’t have to wait long for the equaliser as Sergio Busquets drew level for Barca just after the half hour mark. The unmarked Busquets drove his grounder home from a Yaya Toure header off a Xavi corner in the 35th minute.
The Catalans could have gone into the break 2-1 but Dani Alves, who charged down the right flank, muffed his shot when he just had the goalkeeper to beat. The Brazilian sent his shot wide of the post.
The whole stadium erupted with chants of “Messi, Messi” in the 55th minute as coach Pep Guardiola brought in the Argentine ace in place of Yaya Toure. He made a double substitution bringing on Gerard Pique for Rafael Marquez.
And Messi, who was a doubtful starter for the game because of an ankle injury sustained during their Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev last Wednesday, responded by doubling the lead off his first touch on the ball in the very same minute he came on.
The European Footballer of the Year sent it home from close range after being put in by Iniesta. And despite the goalkeeper Federico Velar getting a bit of hand on it, the ball rolled in.
Messi’s arrival sparked Barca’s revival and they were in the zone now and scored a third through Pedro in the 67th minute after some neat groundwork by playmaker Iniesta.
Atlante could had reduced the deficit but Rafael Marquez’s shot was averted by goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the 76th minute. Photo credited to gettyimage.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) recently revealed the latest addidas soccer ball production and it was specially designed for the World Cup 2010, ‘Jabulani’.