Thursday, August 5, 2021

Indian equestrian to seal Olympic berth in two decades- Fouaad Mirza

With 26 days to go for Tokyo Olympic Games, All India Radio will be featuring first Indian equestrian to seal an Olympic berth in two decades, Fouaad Mirza, whose both horses have qualified for the Tokyo 2020.

Born on March 6, 1992 in Bengaluru, Fouaad Mirza’s childhood was spent around animals, cats, dogs and especially horses. Over the years, his turned his familiarity with horses into his profession as he took up equestrian. Fouaad is the first Indian to win an individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982 at the Asian Games in Jakarta. He also clinched the silver medal in the team event in Jakarta with a combined score of 121.30.

The 29-year-old won silver in the Eventing competition, finishing behind Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki. Fouaad confirmed his spot at the Olympics with a great performance in Baborowko, Poland. More importantly, he achieved the necessary ‘Minimum Eligibility Requirement’ on both his horses — Seigneur Medicott and Dajara. He is currently training in Bergedorf, a village in north-west Germany. However, Fouaad now faces the dilemma of choosing one of two of his faithful friends. But he believes that he is lucky to them both of his horses qualified and thus has advantage over others. Fouaad will become the third Indian Olympic equestrian, after Indrajit Lamba (1996) and Imtiaz Anees (2000)”.

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