Much to the delight of Chinese 8-Ball fans in South Africa, ICEA was back in Johannesburg again from May 18th-20th during the Arnold Classics. After a great Opening Ceremony, 2018 JOY Cup Chinese 8-Ball South Africa Super League officially kicked off at 9 am local time on 19th in the Sandton Convention Centre.
Compared to last year's debut, Chinese 8-ball's international participation and influence have sharply increased. 64 players from various countries started the qualifications on 19th May. Cruising to victory all the way, Aden Joseph, the native talent player, eventually won the title in shootout after a 11-11 draw against David Nathan Anderson in the final. This victory offers him not only a spot to the 2019 World Chinese 8-Ball Maters Grand Finals, which will be held in January 2019 in Qinhuangdao,China, but a brand new car!
The global ambassador of the Chinese 8-ball, King of the Crucible, Stephen Hendry attended the closing ceremony and did an interview with us. "We bear the mission of promoting Chinese 8-ball in the world. In 2017 season, annual prize pot for our tournaments reached up to $450,000, which makes Chinese 8-ball more attractive to global players." he said.
In addition, as Joseph gained another victory in the South Africa Qualifier in early May, he has already secured the round-trip air tickets to Siping, China. We will be happy to see him compete against nearly 400 players from all over the world.
With the efforts made by ICEA, Chinese 8-ball is making rapid progress in more than 40 countries. It is considered a "life-changing sport". We can see that many stars from different pool disciplines shining on the Chinese 8-ball stage:‘the Golden Boy' Gareth Potts,‘King of the Crucible’Stephen Hendry and so on. ICEA President Qiao Bing expresses his ambition: "I hope that Chinese 8-ball can become the world's largest cue sport discipline in the future, and eventually be a part of the Olympic family."