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Ranking Vietnamese players is in danger

Posted by on July 5, 2018

Ranking Vietnamese players is in danger

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Nguyen Quoc Nguyen and Dinh Nai Ngo during Ho Chi Min World Cup with three Vietnamese on stage

HO CHI MINH CITY - The winner of the last World Cup in Ho Chi Minh, Quyet Chien Tran, is at home on the day he should have played in the Porto World Cup. Nguyen Quoc Nguyen sends his regards from his billiard room, but actually should have been on his way to the main draw in the Portuguese city today (Thursday). ,,We all feel unhappy, but have to accept reality'', the two players tell us from Vietnam with a sad undertone. What went wrong with the application for a visa to Portugal? And how are the problems to be avoided in the future? ,,We want to happen this never, never again.''

The ranking of the Vietnamese top guns is in danger due to the absence in Porto. Quyet Chien Tran is the current number 11 with 216 points and with Sung-Won Choi and Dani Sánchez only two and five points behind. He will lose sixteen points in Porto. Nguyen Quoc Nguyen, who also loses 16 points, is on the important 14th place now with Nikos Polychronopoulos and Semih Sayginer close behind him. Minh Cam Ma is the number 16 with 173 points, Dinh Nai Ngo the number 18 with 165 points. Four Vietnamese in the top sixteen, who are all missing the World Cup in Porto.

Kozoom reporter Frits Bakker spoke with to two of the best Vietnamese on the world ranking: Nguyen Quoc Nguyen and Quyet Chien Tran.

Frits Bakker/Kozoom: What does it mean for you to be forced to stay home now that the world top is starting the engines for Porto World Cup?
Nguyen Quoc Nguyen: We should have been there and don't feel happy at home. But we have to accept. We lose important points for the ranking and that feels very unlucky, because we are on our way to the top 14 with four, five Vietnamese.
Quyet Chien Tran: I'm very sorry that we can't be there. I have the chance to reach the top of the world now, but I can't fight for it. That gives me a bad feeling.

Kozoom/FB: What went wrong with the application for a visa to Portugal? And why do you have to apply for a visa at the embassy in Thailand and not in Vietnam?
Nguyen Quoc Nguyen: There is no Portuguese embassy in Vietnam. We always have to go to the German embassy, but at this moment, it's closed because of the move to a new location. And between the two World Cups in Belgium and Portugal, the time was too short.
Quyet Chien Tran: With the help of the consulate, we never had problems in the past. This is very unfortunate now. They did their best, but did not succeed in time.

Kozoom/FB: When did you hear that you were missing Porto?
Nguyen Quoc Nguyen: On Friday before the tournament. The problem was that we had a visa for 1 year to Europe, but that ended on the 2nd of July.

Kozoom/FB: The 3CC Masters are coming up next week in Korea, the Verhoeven Open in New York. Don't you expect problems with visas?
Nguyen Quoc Nguyen: For South Korea we have a visa for five years. We are now trying to ask for a one-year visa for America. I don't expect a problem for New York.
Quyet Chien Tran: I still have a visa for three years for Korea and one year for America, which can't be a problem. The Vietnamese coach always arranges it all for us. Applying for a visa for Europe takes eight to ten days. That was just too long to be able to reach Porto. All we have to do now is to avoid these problems in the future. We want this to happen never, never again. Applying for visa from Vietnam is not easy. We also need the help of the embassy of the hosting World Cup country.

Kozoom/FB: The positions on the ranking are in danger, especially for Nguyen, who is 14th, an important place in the world circuit.
Nguyen Quoc Nguyen: I have to accept it and I will work hard in the next tournaments to regain my points with a bit of luck.
Quyet Chien Tran: We can do nothing else now than practice a lot and then find the way to the top again.

Kozoom/FB: What are you doing now, in the week of Porto's World Cup?
Quyet Chien Tran: I'm practicing very hard for the 3CC Masters. I am really looking forward to that event, it will be a very interesting tournament. And of course I will follow Porto on Kozoom. I wish all players a lot of success.
Nguyen Quoc Nguyen: Training in my billiard room and watching the matches on Kozoom. I feel unhappy, but that does not mean sad. I always enjoy life, haha.

Thanks Nguyen Quoc Nguyen, Quyet Chien Tran for the interview and dear Tieu Oc for the Vietnamese translation.

Quyet Chien Tran, the recent Ho Chi Minh World Cup winner

Nguyen Quoc Nguyen, practicing at home today and watching Porto on Kozoom. I feel unhappy, but not sad, because I always enjoy life, haha

Quyet Chien Tran in his billiard room: ,,I wish all players good luck in Porto.''

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My Comments

This is unbelievable
I create an account so I can give a comment. This is unbelievable. In this day and age where things go around the globe at the click of a mouse, we have elite athletes not able to compete just because of visa problem?

What I don't understand is where are the organizers? Where are the authorities? The moment they realize they're short on time, why didn't the players try to contact the organizers to see if anything can be done? If they have, what did the organizers do? Nowadays, many countries have visa-on-arrival policy, where you can simply arrive and get a visa on the spot. If the lack of visa prevent them from boarding an airplane, the organizers can easily ask the Portuguese authorities for some form of guarantee letter, to be faxed over to Vietnam, to ensure their safe boarding (although technically speaking, only a passport is necessary for international boarding). After all, it is the prestige of the event at stake here. You're holding a World Cup, don't you want the best players in the world to be able to attend? Considering the current situation with the Korean federation, I would have thought the organizers would be a bit more keen on not having players from another federation sitting out a high-level event.

Well, either that, or maybe the organizers just didn't care. I wonder if they wouldn't have bent over backwards to accommodate or to find a way out if it turned out all Belgian, or all French, or all Dutch players couldn't arrive. I'm sure emails, phone calls, connections, flights would have happened non-stop until the matter is settled. That no one did anything until nothing can be done anymore, that in my opinion is a disgrace.

Message 1/2 - Publish at July 7, 2018 4:40 AM

Lext: I agreed
This is getting ridiculous., now NO Visa and also KOREAN federations commanded control over players playing WC? Smell like political and controlling to me or is it just plain incompetency? Please don't ruin the future of his beautiful game people....

Message 2/2 - Publish at July 7, 2018 10:32 AM

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