By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
AFTER A BUSY 2019 the place she competed in varied tournaments that spawned good outcomes, Filipino billiards star Rubilen Amit stated this 12 months can be a quiet one however she isn’t letting it go to waste, taking it as a chance to concentrate on her well being and wellness.
Ms. Amit was far and wide final 12 months competing, positioning properly which she considers a blessing.
She first competed within the Japan Open in July the place she positioned second then adopted it up with one other runner-up end within the China Open in September.
Ms. Amit, 38, then suited up for the nationwide crew within the 30th Southeast Asian Video games, producing two gold medals (9-ball singles and girls’s 9-ball doubles) and a silver (10-ball singles).
She capped the 12 months by profitable bronze within the 2019 Ladies’s World 9-Ball Championship in December the place she additionally gained the sportsmanship award.
“It was an excellent 12 months for me in 2019. It was such a blessing,” stated Ms. Amit, who was included within the record of 50 biggest Filipino athletes of all-time within the 2020 version of the Philippines Yearbook, in an interview.
However not like final 12 months, Ms. Amit, presently the quantity 4 girls’s participant on this planet, will likely be having a gradual 12 months in 2020 as a lot of the high-profile competitions will happen in 2021.
She stated she’s going to take the downtime to remain match and put together for the tournaments forward.
“2020 will likely be quiet. First half of the 12 months there are usually not a lot occasions. Most likely issues will decide up within the third and fourth quarter. I’ll take this break as a chance to remain match for subsequent 12 months the place there will likely be loads of tournaments,” she stated.
Tournaments she is concentrating on for subsequent 12 months are the World Video games in Birmingham, USA; Asian Indoors in Thailand; and SEA Video games in Vietnam.
These are aside from the world rating tournaments she is ready to compete in.
The Cebu native added she is hoping that billiards will likely be included within the 2022 Asian Video games in China after being dropped within the two earlier editions of the sporting meet.
Shifting ahead, believing that billiards is one thing that Filipinos can actually excel in, Ms. Amit expressed hope for the game to be given the help and a spotlight it deserves.
She cited her achievements and people of Efren “Bata” Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante and, now, Chezka Centeno and Carlo Biado, amongst others, as a testomony to the good potential of the game among the many Filipinos.
“There are loads of alternatives in billiards, however I suppose proper now that’s the cycle and different sports activities are having extra publicity and the limelight. However I imagine billiards’ time will come once more. There are lots of world-class abilities right here within the sport,” Ms. Amit stated.