‘Billiards Beauty’ Cha Yu-ram aims for golden AIMAG
28 Feb 2013
Incheon, Korea: Korea’s “Billiards Beauty” Cha Yu-ram is emerging as the face of the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Incheon this June. Appointed as a Public Relations Ambassador for the Games by organising committee IAGOC last September, the 25-year-old professional player adorns the cover of the latest edition of the Incheon Asiad magazine.
In a centre-spread feature, the Korea National Sport University sophomore talks of the year ahead and her goals for the 4th AIMAG – not just to promote the event to the best of her ability but also to win a gold medal. Here is an extract from the interview:
Q: What are your wishes for 2013?
A: Winning titles is my biggest hope for this year – and I wish that the 4th AIMAG is a great success.
Q: Billiards is known as a man’s sport. What attracts you to it?
A: To put it simply, billiard sports are a game of brain and mind-control. It does not necessarily require physical strength or speed, which women do lack. This sport requires delicate handling of the billiard balls and good mind-reading skills, which may give female players the edge over their male counterparts. I find this sport very attractive as it helps both men and women identify what they are short of and to fill the gap between them.
Q: What does your role as 4th AIMAG PR Ambassador entail?
A: I will actively promote the Games that feature billiard sports and hope to win a gold medal. Actually, the 4th AIMAG is a very special event for me because I won gold in the 9-ball pool singles event of the 3rd Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2009. I think the momentum I gained from there led me to win more international titles after that.
Indeed, the Hanoi Asian Indoor Games was a great experience and is still a vivid memory. I hope the Incheon AIMAG will also leave such unforgettable memories for all the participating athletes as it would serve as a springboard for them to grow further in the future.
The 4th AIMAG will take place from June 29 to July 6, 2013, and feature 100 events in nine sports, including billiard sports. There will be 10 gold medals on offer in billiard sports, with three for the women – 6-red snooker singles, 9-ball pool singles and 10-ball pool singles.