THE STAR Jimmy White Malaysia Exhibition 2009
Tuesday November 10, 2009
Jimmy White: I’ll be back
By STUART MICHAEL
FORMER world snooker champion Jimmy White has promised to return to Malaysia for more exhibition matches.
And when White comes in July, several other professional snooker players are expected to accompany him.
White was in Malaysia recently for a series of exhibition matches at three venues – Red Ball Snooker in South City Plaza in Seri Kembangan; Pelangi Snooker Centre in SEA Park and Club2 Snooker and Pool in Bandar Puchong Jaya.
2009/2010 Malaysia No.1 Mr. Rory Thor, Jimmy White and Organizer Mr. J.H.Leong
Local players Rory Thor Chuan Leong, Rony J. Alvin Hon and Lang Koak Yau were given the chance to pit their skills against White.
White said the Malaysians were short of international exposure.
“Their game will improve only when they play against international players. My aim is to give international exposure to the Malaysian players. Eventually we can see the Malaysian players showing improvement,’’ said White.
White, who last visited Malaysia 18 years ago, is a frequent visitor to Thailand.
“I would go to Thailand to have exhibition matches there. Thai snooker players have also attended training and competition stint in England as well as playing against world-class players.
“That’s the reason why the Thais are accomplished snooker players,’’ added White.
The Malaysian players, he felt, had the talents to excel in the international arena.
About 1,000 fans were present at each of the three venues to watch White’s skills against the Malaysians.
Thor, who started playing snooker at the age of 14, said he felt honoured to be picked to play against a former world champion.
“Although my snooker idol is John Higgins, White is so experienced and still plays competitive snooker in world tournaments.
“I learnt a few tips from him and will apply it in my game,’’ he added.
Organiser J.H Leong said they had spent about RM100,000 for the exhibition matches.
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