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High hopes for snooker playing prodigy

Monday, December 02, 2013 - 01:35

Dec. 2 - A four-year-old boy from eastern China exhibits extraordinary talent for playing snooker ball. Jeanne Yurman reports.

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At four years of age, most children are just starting to catch and throw a ball. But this four-year-old, Wang Wuka, from eastern China is zapping them clean into snooker table pockets. He's a pint-sized prodigy surprising even his father, Yin, who taught his son how to play just for fun at age one. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) WANG WUKA'S FATHER WANG YIN, SAYING: "I'm actually quite amazed that as small as he is, he can play with such a degree of accuracy and strength, he can also strike the cue ball below centre to create a backspin. I didn't expect him to have such good skills at such a young age." The dapper snooker talent was discovered in a contest in August. What is it he loves about the game? (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FOUR-YEAR OLD SNOOKER PRODIGY WANG WUKA, SAYING: "I like the feeling of sinking balls in the pocket." Wuka's father aims to help his son become the world champion of snooker ball. Wuka now spends three to four hours a day practicing. The two often visit a local billiards club. Veteran snooker player, Feng Chengwang, is blown away. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 31-YEAR-OLD VETERAN SNOOKER PLAYER FENG CHENGWANG, SAYING: ''We won't reach his level even after three to five years of practice. He must be much more talented than most children." Yin says Wuka is still too young to understand the rules of the game. But when he turns seven or eight his father plans to seek out a school or coach to further hone this little snooker player's skills.

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High hopes for snooker playing prodigy

Monday, December 02, 2013 - 01:35