Fawad Mirza is the third equestrian from India to qualify for the Olympics. Before him, in 1996 and 2000, two equestrians took part in the Olympics.
Fawad Mirza cut the Olympic ticket (File Photo)
India’s equestrian Fawad Mirza crossed the last hurdle to secure a ticket for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in the capital of Japan this year. He is the Indian equestrian to get the Olympic ticket after 20 years. This will be his first Olympics, for which he does not want to leave any stone unturned. However, choosing a horse for them has been a difficult task. He has not yet decided which horse he will use in the Olympics and has said that he will take it in whatever form is in the submission at the end of this month.
Mirza has until the end of this month to choose one of his two horses. The 29-year-old from Bengaluru, who secured an Olympic quota last year, had to qualify for the MER final to complete a formality which he did in Poland. Mirza, who is currently practicing in Germany, is the third Indian equestrian to secure an individual quota in eventing at the Olympics. Before him Indrajit Lamba and Imtiaz Anees have done this amazing.
will depend on the form
Mirza said in the online press conference, “I have not decided yet. I will take a decision when I send the entry in late June. Both are in excellent form and it is difficult to choose one at the moment. “It will completely depend on the form of the horse,” said Mirza, a double silver medalist at the Asian Games. The one who is in the best form will go.
In the Olympics, a horseman can carry more than one horse, but one has to be selected for the competition. Before going to Tokyo, the horses will be in quarantine for a week and in Tokyo they will have to live in the bio bubble.
History was created in Asian Games
Fawad won the Asian Games silver medal played in Jakarta in 2018. With this, he ended the drought of 36 years. He had won a silver medal in the individual event. After securing the Tokyo Olympic quota, Mirza was quoted by ESPN as saying, “There was a lot of pressure on me at the end of the week because it was my last chance to get into the MER. Eventually we were able to achieve this. It shows that my horses are in good form and I am doing well too.”