At the 2009 Joy Cup “National Chinese 8-Ball Ranking Tournament”, from this tournament on, the Multi-ball Games Administrative Centre of General Administration of Sport of China and Chinese Billiard Association upgraded JOY 8-Ball Ranking Tournament to National Chinese 8-Ball Ranking Tournament. The name of “Chinese 8-Ball” was approved and recognized by them. In September of 2018, the name of “Chinese 8-Ball’ was officially changed to Chinese Pool
Review the development of Chinese 8-Ball
Multifaceted efforts to make it global
In the 1980s, using snooker and American pool’s equipment and play methods for reference, Chinese people invented an individual billiard sport – Chinese 8-Ball.
After ten years of development and improvement, Chinese 8-Ball changed from a spark to a prairie fire gradually. In the 1990s, Chinese 8-Ball swept the country. In the childhood memories of many middle-aged people, Chinese 8-Ball spread all over streets and lanes. With the improvement of living standard, Chinese 8-Ball has become a favorite recreational activity which is widely welcomed by numbers of sports enthusiasts. Chinese people love to see and hear it. In such a particular period, Chinese 8-Ball has always existed in the form of grassroots sport. Development of the sport is extensive.
In 2005, a long-awaited champion of Ding Junhui boomed Chinese 8-Ball. That year, the first superstar arose in Chinese billiard history. At the same time, it opened the prelude to the internationalization of Chinese 8-Ball. In the WPBSA Ranking Tournament China Open, Ding Junhui defeated many ace players such as Peter Ebdon, Marco Fu, Ken Doherty and S.Hendry and won the championship for the first time. In December, he defeated many big names and won the UK Championship whose level is only after the World Championship. Subsequently, with Pan Xiaoting constantly achieving excellent results in 9-ball field, the national billiard heat was wholly set off in the mainland. With 50 million fans, there was no doubt that Chinese 8-Ball became a hot sport which attracted much attention.
Undoubtedly, the most distinctive watershed of Chinese 8-ball is the coming of 2006. The rapid rise of Chinese 8-Ball will undoubtedly accompany with the arrival of market-oriented sports. Since 2006, the Chinese 8-Ball has evolved from a pure sport to a diversified industry. As a non-Olympic sport, many enterprises involved in the popularization of Chinese 8-Ball. In the fierce market competition, Joy has become the hall of fame among numbers of enterprises in Chinese 8-ball field.