A small rebound but it’s just a cue for more

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  • Sunday, 15 Dec 2019

MALAYSIAN cueists are back in the reckoning after a disastrous campaign on home soil two years ago. Moh Keen Hoo, who flopped at the KL Games, bounced back in style by winning a gold and a silver.

Keen Hoo first teamed up with Lim Kok Leong, with whom he won the World Amateur Team title in 2015, to claim the team title after beating home opponents Alvin Barbero-Jefrey Roda.

He then made his first individual final since Korat 2007 but failed in his bid to reclaim the title he won 12 years ago, going down fighting to 2016 Asian champion Krisanut Lertsattayathorn of Thailand.

Despite the good outing, the 33-year-old Keen Hoo made his feelings clear about the sad state of affairs in the Malaysian snooker and billiards scene.

He lamented the lack of support from the National Sports Council (NSC) as the reason why Malaysia can no longer produce world beaters.

Keen Hoo, the 2004 Asian junior champion, pointed out that he was a product of the then development programme between 2002 and 2011 that also produced Thor Chuan Leong, who is now plying his trade on the World Snooker Tour.

The programme was discontinued following an internal conflict that led to the de-registration of the Malaysian Snooker and Billiards Federation in 2011. The association were reinstated but the programme has not been revived.

The MSBF and NSC should work things out to strike a deal for the betterment of the cue sports, which extends to pool, English billiards and carom.

Malaysia’s best achievement in snooker and billiards at the Games came in Chiang Mai 1995 when Asian champions Sam Chong and Ooi Chin Kay led the team to a 6-3-3 medal haul.

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