International billiards tournament in Vietnam attracts 64 players

A total of 64 international and domestic players will compete at the fifth BTV-Becamex IJD International Three-cushion Billiards Carom Tournament, scheduled in Binh Duong province in Vietnam August 19-21.

The tourney will gather leading Vietnamese players such as Duong Anh Vu, Ngo Dinh Nai, Ma Xuan Chuong, Truong Van Hao and Vuong Minh Thien. They will face six big international players: Cho Jae Ho and Kim Jae Guen from the Republic of Korea, Nobuyasu Sakai and Hideaki Kobayashi from Japan, Francisco Dela Cruz from the Philippines, and Rudy Han from Indonesia.

This year’s total prize value will be over VND 150 million (US$6,700), of which VND 50 million (US$2,240) will go to the champion. Awards will also be given to the player who scores the most points after one move and winners of each match.

The event has been held annually since 2012 by the Binh Duong province’s Radio and Television Station, the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and General Department of Sports and Physical Training.

The champion title of the 2015 event was won by Kang Dong Koong (pictured above) from the RoK after he beat Vietnamese opponent Do Nguyen Trung Hau from Ho Chi Minh City. After its four editions, it was the first time players from the host Vietnam lost the championship to a guest competitor.

Story courtesy of VietnamNet

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