Dar pool player falters in Chinese Pool Masters Grand Finals

15Jan 2020
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Dar pool player falters in Chinese Pool Masters Grand Finals

TANZANIAN, Boniface Ndemwa, who represented the country at the just ended World Chinese Pool Masters Grand Finals, has lamented the lack of time for preparations for the competition which was held in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei Province.

The event, which is popularly known as Chinese Eight Ball, attracted 136 players from 32 global competition zones and Ndemwa emerged 64th.

Following the results, Ndemwa, a disabled athlete who competed with able bodied athletes, did not get any monetary award.

The event’s organizers only paid for his accommodation and air ticket to and from China.

Speaking yesterday, the athlete frowned at the level of his preparations, terming it as poor.

Ndemwa pointed out he, thus, could not compete well with other players.

“To be honest the competition was very tough as all players were well prepared, my main problem was that I did not prepare well,” he said.

“I did not have enough time to prepare as you know I’m a family man, when my fellow players from other nations were busy preparing, I was busy looking for money for my family upkeep,” he said.

He, however, said he is confident that next time he will perform well, if he will have adequate preparations.

“I’m very confident that next time I will perform well... while in Hebei Province for the tournament I had some discussions with some prominent markers who advised me to look for companies, organizations or individuals who can bankroll for my preparations in future events, soon I will start looking for them,” he said.

The athlete was offered a five days training camp in Kenya, but failed to travel to Nairobi as he was busy following his visa at the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania.

Ndemwa earns his living through driving a Bajaj owned by another person.

Prior to his departure to China for the event, he complained to the media that he needs $200 (almost 450,000/-) for his family upkeep.

Chu Bingjie emerged the overall winner of the Chinese Pool Masters Grand Finals, he beat Dai Yong 19-18.

He was awarded one million yuan ($144,000) for laying his hands on the top honour.

The tournament is organized with the aim of promoting the host nation's culture to the world at large, and the competition’s popularity has been on the rise in recent years.

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