Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Qinhuangdao, China - April 8, 2019
Today, we join with the people of Rwanda in marking twenty-five years since the beginning of the genocide that took the lives of so many innocents and which shook (the conscience of) the world. We honor the memory of the more than 800,000 men, women and children who were senselessly slaughtered simply because of who they were or what they believed. We stand in awe of their families and the survivors, who have worked through their wounds to rebuild their lives.
Among them, Mr Jean Pierre, who warmly welcomed me on my visit to Rwanda last year, suffered and lost his parents in the catastrophe. Now a proud Rwandan who takes on the task of promoting Chinese Pool in his own country, Jean has summoned the courage to carry on with the wound. He’s such an inspiring figure - Always puts on a smile to everyone he met - it’s just heartbreaking for us to remember the pain that lies deep inside.
Jean finds his passion in Chinese Pool. Guided by the Chinese philosophy of Harmony in diversity (和而不同), Chinese Pool is often regarded as a melting pot of different races. The sport itself is a hybrid of the eastern and western culture. Our tournament embraces players from every corner of the World. We treat all people, whatever their race and nationality, as our friend deserving of respect.
At this moment of reflection, I stand with all the contestants of the World Chinese Pool Masters currently taking place in Linyi, to remember and pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in the genocide.