Sports: South Korea is a Utopia, says billiards champion Blomdahl

(From Yonhap)

For Torbjorn Blomdahl, the world’s No. 1 ranked three-cushion c player, South Korea is a utopia.

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Torbjorn Blomdahl has visited South Korea more than 25 times.

With five World Union of Billiards (UMB) World Championships, nine European titles and 43 World Cup wins, Blomdahl is regarded as one of the greatest carom billiards players of his generation.

He now lives near Stuttgart, Germany, but the three-time UMB Player of the Year feels South Korea is his real home.

“There is no country in the world where so many people play billiards or know about billiards,” Blomdahl told Yonhap News Agency on Thursday in Seoul. “Number of tables, clubs, or players, whatever you choose, I think Korea is the No. 1 in the world.”

Blomdahl came to South Korea on April 28 and will leave the country on Saturday. The 53-year-old Swede has visited South Korea more than 25 times—usually to compete in tournaments—but this is so far his longest trip to the country.

Blomdahl envies South Koreans for their ability to enjoy billiards whenever they want. According to data from the Korea Billiards Federation, there are 22,456 billiards clubs in the nation as of the end of 2015. There are more clubs than “PC rooms,” where people generally play computer games. Read More



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