SEA Games: For pool world champ Rubilen Amit, pressure a constant in int’l tilts
Seasoned billiards player Rubilen Amit acknowledged that, despite her vast experience in her sport, she still feels pressure whenever she competes on the international stage.
More so now that the Southeast Asian Games is taking place at home in front of her countrymen.
"The first time I played was here in the Philippines in 2005 and 14 years after eto na we're hosting again and I'm a veteran now. The pressure's still there, hoping na manalo kami ng gold medals for the country," said Amit, a former in an interview on Gametime.
Aside from being a former world champion, Amit has won 5 gold medals in the SEA Games.
Backing her up is another veteran, a legend in fact, in Francisco "Django" Bustamante, who now serves as one of the coaches of the national pool team.
"Halos lahat ng experience ko ibinibigay ko sa kanila, tsaka lahat ng mga mali sinasabi ko sa kanila. Nagpe-prepare talaga sila at talagang gustong makuha lahat ng gold," said Bustamante, also a former world champion.
Besides Amit, the SEA Games-bound pool team is composed of Floriza Andal, Carlo Biado, Chezka Centeno, Johann Chua, Francisco Dela Cruz, Jeffrey Ignacio, Warren Kiamco, Dennis Orcollo, Iris Rañola, and Efren "Bata" Reyes.
They will compete in the 9-ball singles (men’s and women’s), 9-ball doubles (men’s and women’s) 10-ball singles (men’s and womens), 10-ball doubles (men’s and women’s), Carom (men’s), snooker singles (men’s), snooker doubles (men’s) and English Billiards (men’s). -- Gametime, ANC, Oct. 31, 2019
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