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The world's top 5 in Dutch top event Duke Challenge

Posted by on October 8, 2020

The world's top 5 in Dutch top event Duke Challenge

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Dick Jaspers and Jean van Erp: playing billiards at Jumbo's golf court

NISTELRODE - The Dutch top three-cushion event from 25-27 November at Jumbo's golf course 'De Duke' will host the top five in the world rankings and ten players from the top 20. The tournament with sixteen players and three days of live TV on Ziggo Sport is played according to the knock-out system in five sets won to ten points. Dick Jaspers, Marco Zanetti, Torbjörn Blomdahl, Eddy Merckx and Tayfun Tasdemir are the best ranked players. Dani Sánchez, number 6, has not yet decided on participation.

The field of participants so far consists of four Dutch, one Italian, one Swede, three Belgians, two Turks, two Spaniards and two French. If Sánchez, who makes participation depend on the COVID 19 measures, will send his cancellation, Raimond Burgman is his replacement. Semih Sayginer does not take any risks and has already send back his cancellation.

The matches are adapted to the wishes of Ziggo Sport: on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November from 10.00 to 18.00, on the final day, Friday 27 November, from 15.00 to 18.00. The arena in 'De Duke' is optimally prepared for the streamings of Kozoom Europe and live TV broadcasts. A Belgian commercial canal also shows interest in taking over the tournament. Ziggo Sport broadcasts a total of 19 hours.

Harry Mathijssen and Ad Smout, on behalf of main sponsor Jumbo and with the BEN Foundation as tournament organizers, first started from the current world rankings when inviting players. ''In our first plans we wanted as many players as possible from the top 20, but only European players, based on the Schengen countries and Turkey. Semih Sayginer, one of the players we wanted so much, has cancelled. For the other Turkish players, we receive a document that is required from NOC*NSF. '' The organization has sent the protocol to all invited players. ''We are absolutely Corona-proof, in a bubble on the golf course, without any audience.''

Harry Mathijssen: ''The format is known: we want it to be flashy, in knock-out, short sets, 30 seconds shot clock without time-out. With 77,000 euros prize money. We assured Ziggo Sport that the event will definitely go on. I am positive about that, because we also play football and cycling in the world without audience these weeks. But I admit: if the whole world is locked down, then we have nothing more to say.''

The players so far have guaranteed their arrival, with Dani Sánchez' only reserve. Harry Mathijssen: ''We have assumed four Dutch, two or three Belgians, the world top and young foreign players such as Gwendal Maréchal and Antonio Montes. For the Netherlands we invited Joey de Kok, because the sponsor would like to promote young athletes.''

The sixteen participants are:
Dick Jaspers (The Netherlands)
Marco Zanetti (Italy)
Torbjörn Blomdahl (Sweden)
Eddy Merckx (Belgium)
Tayfun Tasdemir (Turkey)
Dani Sánchez (Spain)
Jérémy Bury (France)
Murat Naci Coklu (Turkey)
Martin Horn (Germany)
Roland Forthomme (Belgium)
Gwendal Maréchal (France)
Jean van Erp (The Netherlands)
Peter Ceulemans (Belgium)
Antonio Montes (Spain)
Jeffrey Jorissen (The Netherlands)
Joey de Kok (The Netherlands).

Harry Mathijssen (BEN organizer): proud of the event and the top field




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My Comments

UMB task during COVID crisis
UMB players not invited to events such as 'Duke Challenge' or 'Virtual One carom' must be jealous.
If they participate in PBA, they will be suspended next day, so too much risky for them.

I suggest UMB and some National Federations cooperate with Kozoom (who is known as marketing and media contractor of UMB) to organize national or regional Championships with prize money level of UMB World Cups or 3CC Masters this year.

If UMB and Kozoom find TV broadcaster and sponsors (their duty and to prove their capability) in countries to host good events with players from own or neighbor countries, UMB should support the organizers with the budget on hand (saved by events cancelled).

By doing so, players will have chances to play carom and make bread & butter during these crisis.
And UMB can claim it is the governing body of world carom sport and truly cares about the players.

If not, or not able to do anything, should UMB exist to govern the sport while doing nothing at all for the sport and players?

Message 1/1 - Publish at October 11, 2020 1:36 PM - Edited at October 11, 2020 1:41 PM

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