The Snooker and Billiards Federation of Cambodia officially declared its first mandate at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), with the kingdom’s billiards phenom Srong Pheavy in attendance.
Mrs. Pheavy, speaking on Friday, said she was honoured that her achievements were being recognised by her home country.
Having moved to South Korea in 2010 to be with her Korean husband, ‘Cambodia’s Billiards Beauty’ as she has been dubbed by local media outlets, has thrilled fans by winning no less than 20 prizes. Last year, she won her second consecutive Korean national championship trophy.
“I want to thank the Committee for inviting me and to represent women and especially Cambodian women, said Mrs. Pheavy. “We Khmer women must be strong for our nation”
She explained that she always wanted to represent Cambodia, despite the overtures made by Korea, whom she said had attempted to lure her for their national team.
Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the NOCC, praised her efforts. “She has become an international player and is famous for her skill. In particular, we hope she can help this sport grow in Cambodia.”
Mr. Chum Kosal, who was elected president of the first mandate, said that as Cambodia is a country blessed with young people, development of the sport is imperative. Especially with the support of outstanding players like Mrs. Pheavy. “Her experience in international competition is valuable, he said. “Increasing athletes’ confidence and developing their capacity to grow.”
“For our snooker potential, we are aiming to have good results in the future on the international stage,” he added.
Meanwhile, Moun Mara, the Federation’s Secretary General said the federation will organise various events to provide opportunities for competition as well as measure capacity of the kingdom’s current crop of players.