Japanese pool player Naoyuki Oi’s interview has gone viral for all the right reasons. The player is not very conversant in English, but he did not let the language barrier get in his way.
Generally, it is not easy to express your emotions in a language you can barely speak. But Oi appears to be one of those people who can express their feelings with full confidence — and a bit of humor — no matter what.
Sky Sports anchor Tony Wrighton interviewed the pool player right after his victory against Chinese Taipei player Cheng Yu Hsuan, whom he defeated with 8-6 at the World Pool Master tournament in Gibraltar.
Oi started the interview by introducing himself and then launched into an unexpected self-congratulatory message, praising his own efforts for reaching the quarterfinal.
“My name is Naoyuki Oi and I am very, very lucky,” said the enthusiastic pool player. “Congratulations me! Yay me!”
Wrighton was visibly surprised by his reaction.
Oi also quoted the very famous, the very viral “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” letting the anchor know that not being fluent in English is not a problem for him.
?????? https://t.co/7iNcH0xdR5— Tony Wrighton (@tonywrighton) February 18, 2017
Unfortunately, Oi lost in the quarterfinals, but he came back with an amazing performance in yet another post-match interview with Wrighton.
“Go home,” he chanted sarcastically, nailing the post-match interview and bringing smiles to everyone’s face.
People adored the pool player for being so hilarious yet genuine.
Naoyuki Oi , a Japanese snooker player , in one of the funniest interviews ever. pic.twitter.com/nl13FDcZsP— ?? (@FlNANDINHO) February 19, 2017
Naoyuki Oi was back with more magic yesterday ?? pic.twitter.com/JaVBIhift9— 98FM Sport (@98FMsport) February 20, 2017
#NaoyukiOi is a legend! Lost his head!— Dale Evans (@DaleEvans6) February 19, 2017
Note to the very adorable sports star: Never quit, Oi — keep going like you did in the interview. That is what true champs do.