CARLO Biado is careful not to take the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur lightly even after a huge win in the World Games in Poland.
The 33-year-old Biado is looking to claim the singles 9-ball gold this time after ruling the doubles in Singapore two years ago with Warren Kiamco.
Biado, rated No. 9 in the world, was the first Filipino to win gold in any event in the World Games where he became the first Filipino to win in the multisports events for non-Olympic sports, beating Jayson Shaw of Great Britain in the final.
"Siyempre kailangan talaga maghanda rin dito kahit nanalo ako sa World Games," said Biado to SPIN.ph on Monday. "Kailangan ko pa rin magensayo ng magensayo para pagdating ng SEA Games, handa ako. Hindi puwedeng magkumpiyansa kasi halos lahat ng players sa buong mundo, magaling."
Biado, who will compete for the men's 9-ball singles gold along with Johann Chua, sees Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, and Vietnam as the nations to beat in the event set August 22 to 29 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Hall 4.
"Hindi pa rin tayo puwedeng magkumpiyansa. Bilog ang bola," Biado said.
The World Games win was a big boost as he goes for the singles gold this time in the SEAG.
"Mas okay ako sa singles kesa doubles kasi iba sa doubles. Parang hindi masusunod 'yung gusto mo kasi palitan ng tira 'yun hindi katulad ng singles event na masusunod mo 'yung gusto mong laro kasi ikaw lang 'yun," said Biado.
"Masayang masaya kasi naiuwi ko 'yung gintong medalya galing doon lalo na nung nalaman ko na ako ang unang nag-uwi ng gintong medalya (para sa Pilipinas) sa World Games. Ilang beses na ginawa 'yung World Games, ngayon lang tayo nagkaroon ng medalya," said Biado.