"I know I will not be forgiven by many, but I have to take care of tomorrow's lunch."
said Wu Chia Ching, the youngest world champion ever, who has left Taiwan and immigrated to China.
For two years, Wu had been banned to represent Taiwan in international tournaments and to play inside Taiwan due to his partnership with Singapore Billiard Association.
Taiwan's sports minister on Wednesday expressed shock and regret at Taipei's double world pool champion Wu Chia- ching's playing for China. She said, "In recent years, our government has allocated funds to train athletes, to take care of their education and career. We want to keep good athletes in Taiwan and hope the athletes can remember what the country did for them,"
Taiwan's billiard association learned about Wu's defection to China on Wednesday, after Chinese press reported that Wu received Chinese citizenship on April 8 and has applied to play in the April 28-May 1 Beijing Open.
The Beijing Open, with a total prize money of 250,000 US dollars, is organized by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA).
Wu, 22, began to play pool at the age of 10. In 2005, he won the WPA Men's World Nine-Ball Championship and the WPA Men's Eight-Ball Championship, becoming at 16 the youngest player to win the title. Later he won the 2007 All Japan Championship and came second in the 2008 World Ten-Ball Championship.
In recent years, Wu has been living in Shenzhen in southern China, running a billiards equipment company and coaching Chinese player Chen Siming, who ranks second on WPA's women's list.
"I have just left Taiwan temporarily, but I have not left pool. Without pool, I am nothing" said Wu.
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