He billiards Peruvian Luis Carrasco, 20 years old, had an outstanding performance in the Youth World Cup that took place in Valencia, Spain, reaching the knockout stages and being ranked 14th in the final standings. After arriving from Europe, he met with Ramon Rodriguez, the best national billiard player of the last 30 years, who assured that he is his successor.
“I am very happy to see Luis's progress. Last year he had the opportunity to train a month in Spain with one of the best coaches in the world and now he has played a great role in his first Youth World Cup. He has everything to be my successor: youth, talent, discipline and the support of his parents. The replacement is insured, ”he said Rodriguez, medalist in the absolute World Cups of 2002 and 2007.
In the Youth World Cup, Carrasco, current national champion and Pan American runner-up in the category, showed his quality by beating Spaniard Ivan Rincon in the group stage. In the round of 16 he faced South Korean Jun-Seo Ko, in the finalist of the tournament, with whom he fell after a hard dispute on the table.
“I got up 9-2, but then the Korean recovered. The same I am happy, because it was my first World Cup in the category and the South Koreans are power, to the point that they were left with the top three. I have good feelings for what is coming. My dream is to be world champion and make a professional career in billiards, ”said the huancaino athlete, who studies Administration and International Business at the Continental University of Huancayo.
Carrasco, who plays billiards since the end of 2015, has had a meteoric rise in this sport, so he hopes to follow the path of Ramon Rodriguez, who spent many years in the top ten of the World Billiard Union ranking.
To reach the elite of international billiards, the Huancaino must participate in the largest number of World Cups, events that score for the world ranking.
“My parents always tell me that to be good I must go out to compete outside. They have helped me a lot from the beginning and have solved most of my trips abroad. In August I entered the Sports Support Program (PAD) of the IPD. With the money I will receive from the PAD, I will be able to compete in two tournaments abroad from here at the end of the year. The idea is to continue raising the level, ”Carrasco concluded.
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