Malaysian National Snooker Players Snooked 10/13/08

National players snooked By HARESH DEOL October 13, 2008 Categories: Snooker What with godfathers, cue artists and even a professor — our local snooker scene could surely be the next […]


National players snooked

By HARESH DEOL October 13, 2008 Categories: Snooker

What with godfathers, cue artists and even a professor — our local snooker scene could surely be the next best selling thriller.

Snooker players have come and gone, only to be trapped in the same ’vices’ which have either made or broken their careers.

It was small-time betting on the green baize which saw the rise of former Asian champion Sam Chong and Ng Ang Seng.

The tradition continues with the younger set of players. Nevertheless, the late nights and the eagerness to pocket more money can lead to destructive behaviour.

Has such a practice plagued two of the nation’s finest players, Moh Keen Hoo and Thor Chuan Leong?

The Malaysian Snooker and Billiards Federation (MSBF) at their council meeting last week, decided to expel Moh Keen Hoo and Thor Chuan Leong from the national stable.

The reason for the duo’s expulsion is their absence from training despite warnings issued in the past. Obviously the national federation will not go on record to admit their lads are knocking some balls in return for cold hard cash.

Moh Keen Hoo, the 2005 Asian junior champion and 2007 Korat Sea Games gold medallist, refrained from commenting on his expulsion from training at the national training centre in Casa 1 Bukit Jalil.

Thor Chuan Leong, meanwhile, is coming to terms with the whole scenario and is now finding a job elsewhere to cover his monthly expenses.

“I am sorry,” said a remorseful Thor Chuan Leong.

“I have to change my attitude and not skip training. I hope MSBF will give me a chance to prove myself and represent the nation again. I may find a job at a snooker centre so that I can train at the same time.”

Guilt was written all over Chuan Leong’s face but the same cannot be said about a defiant Keen Hoo.

Labelled as a rebel within the stable, the Penangite who is known to be very vocal, however, declined comment adding he will talk when the time is right.

“There’s nothing to say now. Let me finish playing in the (on-going) Platinum Masters tournament and then I’ll talk,” Keen Hoo added.

MSBF president Prof Dato’ WY Chin has been accommodating Keen Hoo over the years but sadly the national body cannot tolerate players who continuously skip training.

This leaves MSBF with Lai Chee Wei and Chooi Yew Wah who have been diligently training even without a national coach for the past three years. While the void left by Chuan Leong and Keen Hoo will soon be replaced by younger players, MSBF must seriously look into the reality of the sport — money snooker.

Perhaps a better incentive scheme could ward our players away from such practices. It is a difficult subject to tread but MSBF — headed by a professor and a council of former players — should tackle this issue seriously and find a solution to prevent players from straying.

Taken from : www.mmail.com.my


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