Aryan Roopa Anand maintains six-shot advantage in round three of Final Qualifying Stage

 

 

Kolkata, February 2, 2023: Bengaluru amateur Aryan Roopa Anand (64-63-65) maintained his overnight six-shot advantage with an error-free five-under 65 as his total moved to 18-under 192 after round three of the Final Qualifying Stage at the TATA Steel PGTI Qualifying School 2023 being played at the Tollygunge Club in Kolkata.

 

Karan Pratap Singh (68-65-65) of Faridabad continued in second place at 12-under 198 after he too returned a 65, the day’s joint best score, on Thursday.

 

Aryan Roopa Anand, the outright leader since round one, further consolidated his position at the top on Thursday with a flawless effort that featured three birdies on the front-nine and two on the back-nine.

 

The 21-year-old Aryan, a winner of five amateur titles, scored on all the three par-5s (seventh, 10th and 13th) leaving himself tap-ins on two of them as he played some excellent chip shots.

 

Aryan, who has represented India at events such as the Asia Pacific Amateur, British Amateur and the Singapore Junior, said, “I was pretty solid today having missed just two fairways and three greens in regulation. It was a neat round as I didn’t have to work hard to save par anywhere.

 

“My substantial lead after the first two rounds did take the pressure off me but despite that I started afresh today treating it like a new day and didn’t take things for granted. I’ll have the same approach on the final day.”

 

Karan Pratap Singh, who was overnight tied second along with three others, broke away into sole second with an eagle and four birdies at the cost of a lone bogey on day three.

 

Bengaluru’s C Muniyappa (68) was placed third at nine-under 201.

 

At the end of round four, the top 34 players will earn their full cards for the 2023 PGTI season.



AFC Executive Committee takes important decisions in first meeting
 
The preparations for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ gathered momentum today with the appointment of AFC Executive Committee and FIFA Council member Mariano Araneta, Jr. of the Philippines as the Chairperson of the Organising Committee for AFC Asian Cup by the newly elected AFC Executive Committee in its first meeting chaired by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, in Manama, Bahrain.

The Organising Committee for AFC Asian Cup advises and assists the AFC Executive Committee on matters relating to the AFC Asian Cup™ and is responsible for organising the flagship national team competition of Asia. The remaining members of the Committee will be confirmed in due course.

Meanwhile, members of the Committee also approved the AFC President’s proposal to appoint Mr. Zaw Zaw from Myanmar as the Senior Vice President of the AFC Executive Committee.

Turning their attention to club football, the AFC Executive Committee unanimously approved the establishment of a dedicated AFC Professional Football Task Force to oversee the transformation of Continental club football, set in motion by the AFC Competitions Committee last year.

“The new AFC Executive Committee has today underlined its intention to further accelerate our positive football journey through these two important decisions,” said Shaikh Salman. 

“We want to ensure that the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ is organised to the highest possible standards and remembered as the best ever, and the activation of the Organising Committee for AFC Asian Cup is testimony to our sincere efforts and belief.

“We have already signalled our ambitions to elevate Asian club football to new heights and the setting-up of the AFC Professional Football Task Force is a timely step in the right direction following the approval of strategic reforms to the AFC’s club competitions late last year.”

Several game-changing initiatives - including the introduction of new competition formats, lifting the foreign player quota and increasing the financial distribution model - aimed at ushering a new era of progress were approved by the AFC Competitions Committee and consequently endorsed by the AFC Executive Committee in December 2022.

The AFC Professional Football Task Force is mandated with offering guidance and steering the wide-ranging reforms towards enhancing technical performance, driving greater commercial value, and further enriching the Asian football fan experience. 





Asia-Pacific ties strengthened as the AFC and OFC extend MoU
 
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa today joined the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) President Lambert Maltock in signing a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening the spirit of partnership and cooperation between the two Confederations.

The signing ceremony, which took place shortly after the 33rd AFC Congress in Manama, Bahrain, will pave the way for greater collaboration to explore possible future competitions between representative teams of the two Confederations in both the men’s and women’s game.

AFC President Shaikh Salman reinforced the enduring ties between the two Confederations, underlined by the first AFC-OFC MoU established in 2016.

He said: “This Memorandum of Understanding symbolises the long-standing partnership between the AFC and the OFC and reinforces our commitment to unlock the opportunities to further expand the growth of the game in this passionate Asia-Pacific region.

“Both the AFC and the OFC share similar challenges as well as common interests and I am confident that the exchange of best practices will provide fresh impetus to take the beautiful game to even greater heights.”

Additionally, both Confederations will also seek to exchange knowledge, experience, and resources in key Administration areas including Development, Competitions, Coaching, Refereeing, Education, Legal, Communications, Commercial and Marketing, Sports Integrity, Sports Medicine, Technology and Software as well as Social Responsibility. 

OFC President Maltock added: “We are pleased that the implementation of this agreement means a focus on high level competitions between representative teams from both confederations. 

The development that Oceania men and women’s teams will gain from these competitions are hugely beneficial and reinforces OFC’s commitment to the strategic pillars of development and high performance within the OFC Strategy.” 

The latest MoU with OFC further underscores the AFC’s commitment towards working in close partnership with the global football family, having also signed a landmark MoU with the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) earlier in the day.

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AFC-Concacaf pledge to enhance collaborative opportunities
 
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s resolve to strengthen its partnership on the global stage was further consolidated with the signing of a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) in Manama, Bahrain, today.

Committed to developing football in both regions, the two Confederations will seek to utilise this opportunity to unlock the massive potential that their respective territories possess, by fostering a legacy of cooperation and determination to uphold social, educational, and cultural qualities that are integrally associated with the beautiful game. 

AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “This marks the extension of a long-standing and meaningful journey for both the AFC and the Concacaf.” 

“Across the globe, we are all united by the same cause - to develop our sport. The AFC has been on a steady upward curve, and I am confident that with this transcontinental agreement, our best days in football are on the horizon.”

The primary objective highlighted in the agreement is the aim to conduct competitions between Member Associations (MAs) of the two governing bodies, mainly through increasing the prospects of conducting competitions for both men’s and women’s national teams and clubs. 

Concacaf President Victor Montagliani said: “I am extremely pleased to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding between Concacaf and the AFC. Our two Confederations will continue to collaborate through mutually beneficial initiatives which develop the game in our respective regions. 

“I also wish to sincerely congratulate my good friend in football, Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, for his re-election as AFC President. I wish him every success in continuing to grow the game in Asia and look toward to our ongoing work together as FIFA Vice Presidents.”

The agreement also aspires to provide a platform for the two parties to share their multi-faceted expertise, experiences, and resources that can facilitate further development in areas such as Competitions, Coaching, Refereeing, Education, Legal, Communications, Commercial and Marketing, Sports Integrity, Sports Medicine, Technology and Software as well as Social Responsibility, in the two regions.  

Furthermore, the MoU lays emphasis on the impact football has on the physical as well as the mental health of both the young and the old and looks to use the sport as a force for promoting the spirit of fair play, team spirit, and respect for others, whilst also nurturing the tenets of social integration, peace, and tolerance.

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Aryan Roopa Anand storms into six-shot lead with brilliant 63 in round two of Final Qualifying Stage

 

 

Kolkata, February 1, 2023: Bengaluru-based amateur Aryan Roopa Anand stormed into a six-shot lead at 13-under 127 following his brilliant second round of seven-under 63 at the Final Qualifying Stage of the TATA Steel PGTI Qualifying School 2023 being played at the Tollygunge Club in Kolkata.

 

The quartet comprising Bengaluru's C Muniyappa, Faridabad’s Karan Pratap Singh, Pune’s Pranav Mardikar and Nepal’s Sukra Bahadur Rai were tied second at a total of seven-under 133.

 

The cut went at five-over 145. Out of a field of 126, the top 81 players including 13 amateurs made the cut.

 

Aryan Roopa Anand (64-63), the overnight leader by one shot, extended his lead as he went one better than his first round score of 64. The 21-year-old dominated proceedings for the second day in succession with nine birdies at the cost of two bogeys.

 

Aryan had a flurry of birdies at the start as he sank putts from a range of 12 to 25 feet to pick up shots on the second, third, fourth and fifth. Anand, who made more long putts on day two as compared to day one, also had a string of birdies towards the end as he made gains on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th.

 

Aryan said, “It was a better scoring day for me today but I felt that I drove it better on day one. However, I continued to keep the errors to a minimum and made more long conversions today, sinking it six times from a range of 12 to 25 feet. I capitalized well on some of the scoring holes and the par-5s. The performance in the first two rounds gives me good confidence going into the last two days but I need to continue doing what I’ve done well so far.”

 

Among the four players placed tied second, Pranav Mardikar had the best score of 64. He made two eagles during his round.

  

At the end of round four, the top 34 players will earn their full cards for the 2023 PGTI season.


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