Ace cueist Pankaj leads the elite field at the GSC World Snooker Qualifiers


Ace cueist Pankaj Advani, who recently won the Asian Snooker Championship and World 6-Red crown, will be the star attraction in the national selection tournament ‘GSC World Snooker Qualifiers’ to be played here from Sunday.

The tournament is being hosted by Goregaon Sports Club (GSC) from October 17 to October 27, 2021.

This BSFI selection tournament is being organized by ‘The Sportal’ and will consist of three events – Men’s, Women’s and Boys’ Under-21s, said a media release issued here today.

The matches will be played in a round robin league format.

According to Indian coach Ashok Shandilya, the competition is expected to be tough as only the top two players from each category will qualify to represent the country at the World Snooker Championships to be held in Doha later this year in November or December. The dates have not been finalized yet.

Advani won his 24th world title last month by winning the 6-raid Snooker World Cup in Doha, Qatar, and had earlier retained his Asian snooker title, which was also played in the Gulf city.

He is a strong contender to be on top and cement his place in the Indian team.

Advani (PSPB) will face a tough challenge from Indian number one and current national champion Aditya Mehta.

Meanwhile, India No. 1 and defending national champion Vidya Pillai (Karnataka) and India No. 2 Ami Kamani (Madhya Pradesh) will lead the field in the women’s competition.

Participating players:

Male: Aditya Mehta (PSPB), Pankaj Advani (PSPB), Laxman Rawat (PSPB), Pushpendra Singh (RSPB), Dhwaj Hariya (PSPB), Varun Madan (DEL), Himanshu Jain (TEL), Neeraj Kumar (RSPB).

Woman: Vidya Pillai (KTK), Ami Kamani (MP), Varsha Sanjeev (Tamil Nadu), Anupama R. (Tamil Nadu), Arantja Sanchis (MAH), Chitra M. (KTK), Keerath Bhandal (DEL), Suniti Damani (West Bengal).

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