|(From left) Billking Korea general manager Choi Hyun-hee, Sruong Pheavy, PPCBank President Shin Chang-moo and PPCBank senior vice president Nahk Kimsroy after signing an athletes' sponsorship agreement in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Jan. 9, 2019. Photos courtesy of Billking Korea|
By Ko Dong-hwan
Cambodian three-cushion billiard player Sruong Pheavy, a Cheongju resident married to a Korean, has become an honorary ambassador of Cambodia's public Phnom Penh Commercial Bank.
The 29-year-old from Kampong Cham Province signed the deal on Jan. 9 at a "Signing Ceremony & Press Conference Athlete Sponsorship Agreement," according to Cambodian media outlet Sombox News.
Pheavy thanked PPCBank based in the Cambodian capital for "giving this opportunity to move one step further toward achieving the dream of becoming the world's best player."
Pheavy, a member of the Cambodian Billiard and Snooker Federation, said she would "share dream with all Cambodian athletes to become the best athlete in the world."
|Sruong Pheavy, left, and PPCBank President Shin Chang-moo aim for a bankshot during the signing of the sponsorship agreement in Phnom Penh.|
PPCBank president Shin Chang-moo said the sponsorship agreement would provide loans to and encourage talented Cambodian athletes to achieve their dream of competing internationally.
"We decided to sponsor Pheavy to show the world that Cambodia has a female athlete capable of winning win big prizes at international competitions," Shin said.
Pheavy most recently won the Korean national Yeongwol Donggang Three-Cushion championship in December 2018.
Pheavy, who moved to Korea in 2010 after marrying Kim Man-sik, 29 years older than her, started playing carom the following year when she tagged along her husband to a local carom parlor. She found her passion in the sport and debuted professional in Korea in 2016.
|Sruong Pheavy, a Cambodian national, married Korean Kim Man-sik and moved to Cheongju in North Chungcheong Province in 2010. Courtesy of LifeTimePhoto/Billking Korea|
Her reputation grew among carom players worldwide. Apart from winning several national championships, she came third in the World Championship Three-Cushion Billiards in Izmir, Turkey, in September 2018, positioning herself at 14th in the world. In November, she won the women's tournament at the 2018 ZANCA-Championship Asia Three-Cushion Open.
In the Women's Premier Billiards League in Korea in October 2018, Pheavy won 12.2 million won ($10,000) prize money from 10 wins and two losses.
Her professional career brought her a sideline benefit in Korean show business, appearing on TV and internet shows hosted by the celebrities. She played a friendly scotch doubles match with three-cushion fan Lee Su-geun and other comedians on Lee's YouTube channel "Sugeun Lee Channel" and played against Shin Dong-yeob, another billiard-savvy show host, on his MBN show.
Billking Korea, a billiard custom cue brand based in Suwon, sponsors Pheavy. The company sponsors about 50 professional players inside and outside Korea, including Dutch three-cushion master Dick Jaspers and Vietnam's Nguyen Quoc Nguyen.