Cueist strives for professional billiards environment in Vietnam

(VOVWORLD) - Winning a gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games in 2009 was a highlight in the career of billiards player Nguyen Phuc Long. At the age of 40, Long is thinking of using his experience and technique to train younger players and create a more professional billiards environment in Vietnam. 
Cueist strives for professional billiards environment in Vietnam - ảnh 1Nguyen Phuc Long (Photo: Mai Huong/ 

Nguyen Phuc Long showed a special interest in sports at a young age and won championships in soccer, shuttlecocks, and table tennis as a student at Marie Curie high school in Hanoi. He was one of the first members of Hanoi’s billiards team. During his career as a professional cueist, Long has won a gold medal at the National Billiards Championship in 1997, became a national champion in 2003, and won a bronze medal in the team category at the 22nd SEA Games. In 2009, Long won a gold medal for men’s singles at the 29th SEA Games’ snooker event in Laos.

“Over the past decade, I have thought of a way to change Vietnamese people’s attitude and to promote billiards and snooker. I’m now on the right track to turn my dream into reality,” he said.

Long used to run a billiards-snooker club. He thought of organizing a billiards championship in Vietnam that would attract players from around the world. He also nurtured the idea of establishing a communication channel to promote 9-ball pool in Vietnam. Long has a billiards table in his house, where he has taught scores of players from different parts of Vietnam.

Phung Van Quy, one of Long’s students, said: “Mr. Long has created a very professional training environment. I’m really impressed with his knowledge of this sport”.

Nguyen Phuc Long is creating a billiards syllabus for new players and a set of standards for checking a player’s skills.

“I will promote IT applications that help players improve, develop billiards clubs, and provide services. We need a set of standards for billiards and snooker”.