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Cristian Montoya (19): we must have goals and dreams

Posted by on February 17, 2021

Cristian Montoya (19): we must have goals and dreams

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Cristian Montoya from Colombia was in the top 4 at the Junior World Championship 2019 in Valencia

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 standstil land 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 3: Cristian Montoya (19).

Name: Cristian Camilo Montoya Velez
Age: 19
Place of residence: Cali Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Hobby: family and friends
Relationship: single
Billiard club: Master Club Billares Cali

1. Kozoom/Frits Bakker: How do you deal with this year in which the COVID crisis dominates all the world?
Cristian Montoya: These are very difficult times for everyone in my country and in the world. My position is to take care of myself and my family, to prevent contagion, but as a sports man, I must go to the club every day.

2. Is this a time of stagnation in your young career, in which fast development and progression are so important and international tournaments are cancelled?
Cristian Montoya: I think that success in this sport is based on perseverance, talent and courage.

3. How is the current situation in your home town and your country in relation to COVID-19?
Cristian Montoya: My country, Colombia, is in an uncertain situation, because we see more and more infections every day. My hometown at the moment is under control. We are not confined, so I can go to my club to practice.

4. How are the conditions for training for you? How much can you practice every day or week?
Cristian Montoya: My day to day schedule starts in the morning with my teacher Fernando Diaz. And in the afternoons, I tray to play games with very good players in order to maintain my level and try to improve.

5. How does life look for you without championships, tournaments and competitions in the outside world?
Cristian Montoya: Well, at the moment there is no event schedule, however, I prepare very hard to compete at a high level.

6. What is your country or federation doing to develop careers of young talents?
Cristian Montoya: My country has a large number of young talents, in my opinion. I think there should be more support for these young people. We have all the conditions, but we need them to believe in us, we lack 'the sweet touch'.

7 How do you see your future as a sportsman and possibly as a professional billiard player?
Cristian Montoya: For now, we have to wait for the pandemic to end, when the competitions return. Now I am preparing. I participate when I can in unofficial competitions, all athletes have goals and dreams to fulfil, that is my objective.

Cristian Montoya (19) one of many talents in Colombian three cushion

Thanks, Vandenver Reina, for translating


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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

MYWEBSPORT - Your Home For On-line Billiards

Message 1/1 - Publish at February 17, 2021 3:05 PM - Edited at February 18, 2021 7:38 PM

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