"Bata" Reyes still has Olympic dreams

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Mar 07, 2020 03:24 PM
(Photo by Joshua Albelda)

Efren "Bata" Reyes has won almost every award possible in his chosen sport of billiards, that's why he's the greatest and a living legend.

On Friday, the Philippine Sportswriters Association recognized "Bata" for his timeless contributions to sports, handing "The Magician" with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

But for all his great success, there's one thing "Bata" wishes he could have done.

"Kung meron Olympics na kasama ang bilyar, mas maganda sana," Reyes said Friday as he received his latest trophy at the Manila Hotel.

"Baka sakali, pwede tayo manalo jan. Kaso wala," he added.

Billiards is not an official Olympic sport, and so the Summer Games was the stage Reyes never got to reach.

A case is being made for billiards to be included in the 2024 Olympics in Paris but time is not exactly on the side of the 65-year-old "Bata" to realize his Olympic dream.

Nevertheless, Reyes is happy to still be a source of inspiration to his fellow athletes and his latest PSA award is just proof of his magic.

"Napaka-laking halaga nito para sakin," Reyes said on his PSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Biro mo hanggang ngayon nakikilala pa rin ako," he added.

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