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Alptekin Canözkan, Turkish hope for the future

Posted by on February 19, 2021

Alptekin Canözkan, Turkish hope for the future

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Alptekin Canözkan from Turkey: I really can't imagine a week without billiards

The young European talents in three cushion and players from other parts of the world have been held back in their development by this year of COVID-19 crisis. The last World Junior Championship in Valencia 2019 ended with super-talent Myung-Woo Cho in his last year as the winner and three Koreans on stage. The next World Championship event in the Netherlands was postponed and almost certainly not played.

Was it a year of standstill and stagnation, of desperately waiting for the new start? How do young players deal with the crisis in this important part of their career? Kozoom went in search and starts a series of interviews from now with young billiard players: about the crisis, the future of their careers, the current conditions in their home countries and life without championships, tournaments and competitions. Today part 5: Alptekin Canözkan (19) from Turkey.

Alptekin Canözkan: billiards a part of my life
Name: Alptekin Canözkan.
Age: 19
Residence: Kayseri, Turkey
Profession/study: Faculty of Civil Engineering at Abdullah Gül University
Hobby: Swimming, fitness
Relationship: Single
Billiard Club: None

1. Kozoom/Frits Bakker: How are you coping with this long period of time in which the COVID crisis is dominating the world?
Alptekin Canözkan: Although we are a bit limited in our social and sports life, health comes first. The only thing we can do is to overcome this situation as efficiently as possible. I also try to keep my physical and mental motivation high. And I hope that we, like the whole world, will soon get rid of the pandemic and resume our normal lives. Because we really missed the tournaments, matches and the excitement.

2. Is this a time of standstill and stagnation in your young career, where rapid development and progression are so important?
Alptekin Canözkan: That depends on everyone personally. Instead of seeing this as a stop, I prefer to use this process to my advantage as much as possible. However, the lockdowns have inevitably caused some stagnation in our lives. For myself, I mainly focussed on my individual training. I watch videos of seasoned top players. I try to improve my game by learning new systems. That was the only thing I could do during this period to keep up my motivation.

3. How is the current situation in your hometown and in your country in relation to COVID-19?
Alptekin Canözkan: The pandemic process is handled very well in our country. Although there is an increase in the number of cases from time to time, but it has been kept under control with planned restrictions. I live in Kayseri and the situation here shows that the rules are generally followed.

4. How are the opportunities for you to train? How much can you practice every day or week?
Alptekin Canözkan: This is a good opportunity for me to find a suitable billiard club where I can do my training. As a billiard player, I'm glad to see that the sportsmen in the club where I train abide well by the rules. I have to adapt my training to my teaching rhythm, but I try to train no less than 15 hours in a week. I really can't imagine a week when I haven't played billiards.

5. What does life look like for you without championships, tournaments and competitions?
Alptekin Canözkan: I really miss the tournament excitement and that blissful stress. Championships and tournaments give experience to young athletes like me. Competition always takes us further. I hope it starts again as soon as possible.

6. What does your country or federation do to develop careers of young talents?
Alptekin Canözkan: It's gratifying to see that the sport of billiards in our country can attract a wider audience day by day. The efforts of our federation and our chairman make us look to the future with great hope. Our federation is very good in communication and cooperation with young people. The training camps that we regularly hold are very efficient. We will soon be starting another camp period and I am looking forward to it.

7. How do you see your future as a sportsman and possibly as a professional billiard player?
Alptekin Canözkan: I aspire to play billiards professionally, not as a hobby, but as a part of my life. I have no doubt that in the future, alongside my educational life, billiards will have an important place in my life. My biggest dream is to see myself at the podium in a world championship. With that motivation, I am sure of my zeal and of myself.
Thank you for the interview. I wish the whole Kozoom family success in their work.

Thanks Emel Kokcelik Coklu for the translation

Alptekin Canözcan at the last World Championship

The Turkish junior champion: Alptekin Canözkan

At the European championships in 2019 in Brandenburg



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My Comments

International tournaments despite Corona crisis
To all enthusiastic tournament players:

Contrary to many reports, international tournaments are taking place regularly despite the Corona crisis. I am amazed that many billiards journalists do not keep their readers and billiards officials do not keep their members informed about the latest developments in our sport. If I did not know that many of them are informed about MYWEBSPORT, I would not be surprised.
I ask you dear billiard journalists and officials to take this into consideration in the future.

Recently, unfortunately, we read mainly about planned tournaments being postponed or cancelled and about uncertainties in the planning. I am happy to be able to report on international tournaments that take place regularly and are not affected by postponements or cancellations.

At the beginning of the year we started the HOME TOUR, an international tournament series with two tournaments every fortnight. On Saturday there is always a 3-cushion tournament, on Sunday a 5-birilli tournament. Maybe some of you have heard about it, maybe you have already watched it. Because all matches of the HOME TOUR will be streamed live: just click on the button "Live Streams" on our website on tournament day and follow the links. The participants play at their private tables at home or in their clubs, so far in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Poland and Italy. And there are more and more, as further systems will soon be installed in Austria, the Netherlands and Poland.

For all those who are interested in environmental protection and sustainability also in an economic respect. Following a comparison (savings) between the international tournaments organised via MYWEBSPORT from 01.01. to 14.02.2021 and conventionally organised tournaments with the same players at one venue:

- 80,000 grams of CO²
- 536 hours of travel time
- 27,000 euros travel and hotel costs

All information about MYWEBSPORT and the MYWEBSPORT WORLD ASSOCIATION (MWA) tournaments can be found on our homepage:


Ladies and Youth:

After the HOME TOUR has started well and is very well received by the participants, the MYWEBSPORT team is now paying special attention to the ladies and youth. We would like to start as soon as possible with the LADIES HOME TOUR and the YOUTH HOME TOUR.

Even before the crisis, it was difficult to organise regular international tournaments in both the women's and youth sectors. The time and costs are enormous because the ladies and youth live scattered all over Europe. Now, in the crisis, this has become practically impossible.

MYWEBSPORT makes it possible.


Here is a link to a video explainer about the principle of MYWEBSPORT:


I am looking forward to numerous statements, if someone prefers to share his opinion personally, then feel free to send an email:

Best regards --- Jimmy

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