|Vietnamese cuiest Trần Quyết Chiến. — Photo sggp.org.vn|
HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese billiards team lost to South Korea 21-40 in the first Group C match at the World Championship for national teams in Viersen, Germany on February 22.
The Vietnamese team included world No 10 Nguyễn Quốc Nguyện and world No 16 Trần Quyết Chiến. While the South Korean team was made up of world No 12 Choi Sung-won and world No 17 Kang Dong-koong.
With this loss, Việt Nam must now win the two next matches to compete in the tournament’s quarter-finals.
Việt Nam will next face Greece with world No 14 Nikos Polychronopoulos and world No 44 Dionisis Tsokantas, who lost to Denmark 24-40 in the first match.
The tournament has attracted the participation of 16 strong billiard nations, including South Korea, Turkey, the Netherlands, Greece, Denmark, Belgium and France.
The winners will walk away with a prize of US$9,800, while runners-up will receive $7,400, and third and fourth place winners will be awarded a prize of $4,400. — VNS