On 15th Jan. 2019 in Qinhuangdao, China, Qiao Bing, President of the International Chinese Eight-Ball Association and JOY Billiards Group, delivered his speech in front of more than 100 Chinese pool promoters coming from all over the world.
In his speech, Qiao Bing introduced the global promotion of Chinese pool over the last year. The promotion mode has brought an innovation to South Africa. Chinese Pool has become the largest cue sports there. In other countries along Belt and Road line including Rwanda, Kenya and Malaysia, Chinese pool has also made breakthough progress.
The original text is as follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends from around the world,
We come to celebrate another superb gathering of Chinese pool’s ardent promoters. This time last year, I was here, depicting a blueprint for Chinese pool in the new year. In retrospect, we’ve had a year of remarkable progress and success all across the world.
In Nairobi Kenya, I witnessed an emerging market for Chinese pool; across the Manila Bay in the Phillipines, the kingdom of pool is firmly calling on a change; in Kigali I was pleased to meet hundreds of lovely Rwandan kids who just took a liking to this oriental sport.
Linking these dots together, We have painted a map for Chinese pool’s global journey. President Xi Jinping of China raised the Belt and Road Initiative 5 years ago, aiming at uniting countries, sharing benefits in forming a community of common future. Over the past few years, ICEA and Joy have been working closely with the Belt and Road countries, promoting our sport through Lease2Race and various tournament systems. “Life-changing campaign” is our echoing to the Belt and Road initiative -- people of different races with different skin colors are identified with each other over Chinese pool.
In Johannesburg, locals are enjoying their weekends in the shopping mall and they are there for a new reason - Chinese pool. It’s a bliss to witness a league system we started to design two years ago now in operation, and that people really like it - The race to one format ensures every one has their fair chance to win. Not only to win, but to win massive prizes - Aden Joseph and Jason Theron who are with us today are the recipients of two BAIC cars. These are beautiful cars originated in China, and becoming very popular in South Africa -- just like Chinese pool. The car winners are figures to remember along Chinese pool’s journey abroad -- Steadily, people are tasting benefits playing a sport which offered them little hope before. We saw street wanderers back to the pool hall again, taking up their cues for the prize money that are long overdue in this sport. The “life-changing campaign” are not idle words, it is now a fresh impetus that has become a wake-up call for thousands of people.
And we are able to achieve all of them thanks to the innovative 3-layer league design, a cutting edge in the pool world. The WeMasters qualifiers are professional tournaments that cater to the top of the pecking order, whose champions earn their tickets to China for the Chinese stations. The Super League, or as locals call it, “the car competition” was a crowd favorite in South Africa, held eight times per year with an automobile up for grabs for each event. Additionally, we’ll launch the weekly tournaments next year, featuring amateurs in local Joy pool halls.
With this integrated system, we make sure that everyone, professional or amateur, has their fair chance to enjoy the charms of Chinese pool. Everyone can win, and win big.
Copying South Africa’s success in your country is simple through Lease2Race, a concept that make the business lucrative, a reason for you to take up Chinese pool and become a promoter even in a blank market, and an attempt proved successful in African countries. Tony will later present you the details.
And to support our promoters, we will expand ICEA Aid programs that awards experienced, successful promoters with new tables. We’ll also make sure that promoters work in conditions which help them and the players succeed.
It is worth mentioning that many overseas Chinese pool events were held in 2018. In November we teamed up with blackball international in Bridlington England for the JOY Chinese Pool UK Championships, Chinese pool fans in England had a taste of this sport from China at their footsteps, I see it as the enlightenment for Chinese pool in Europe -- when different disciplines meet, they don’t collide, they cooperate - that resonates the “Harmony in Diversity” concept in the Chinese culture. It deserves to be mentioned that Clint I’anson was the proud winner of that event. Now we can say that not only Gareth Potts can win professional Chinese pool events, you can do that as well.
We also have great products out there for you to try today, Bing table is our featured table in the Lease2Race mode; UNIK and iPool are some of the latest technologies that young fans love. Super easy to install with great features. You’ll love UNIK with the state-of-the-art design, compatible with both American pool and Chinese pool. Over there, A grading system was integrated in the iPool projector, providing fans with accessible online courses, exams, and even multi-player games with international gamers for great prizes. We got a great show for you today!
In the end, may I quote Mr Peter Heal who’s with us today, “Chinese Pool will become the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. For the people who are passionate about Chinese Pool, there will be no mountain too high to climb, And no river too wide to cross, Qinhuangdao, the birthplace of Chinese Pool, will once again shine bright, and I look forward to the future.” Thank you!