Billiards star Carlo Biado will banner a weaker team from the Philippines at the four-year World Games in Alabama next month, waiting for a chance to defend an international title he cherishes the most.
“It only happens every four years, so it was really something special,” said Biado in the Filipino, the event held in Rocklo, Poland in 2017. He won the gold medal in the men’s 9-ball singles division.
The Games are held one year after the Summer Olympics, the World Games is a global multisport event recognized by the International Olympic Committee and consists of 36 sports and disciplines that are not typically competed in the Olympic Games.
The city of Birmingham, Alabama will have a compact Philippine delegation for the SportsFest July 7-17, with 10 more athletes from six sports.
Beado, 2021 US Open 9-ball champion and 2022 US Open 8-ball champion Rubilan Amit (women’s 9-ball) will be accompanied by an equally skilled cue master. Jiu-Jitsur Annie Ramirez (women’s 57kg) and karate Junna Suki (women’s 50kg kumite) are other war-tested Filipino preachers.
Also joining them in Alabama are Muay fighter Philip Delermino (men’s 57kg) and Liana Bade (women’s 63.5kg), powerlifter Joyce Gayle Reboton and duo athletes Kim Mangrobang, John Cicano and Fernando Casares.
For each country, only the best athletes or teams qualify to compete in the World Games, a standard set by the International World Games Association to guarantee high-quality performance among athletes.
Since the World Games were formally organized in Santa Clara, California in 1981, the Philippines has already won a total of 11 medals, and that Biado gold stands as the first and only victory for the Philippines. INQ
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