Equestrian Fouaad Mirza officially qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics

NEW DELHI: Equestrian double medalist of the Asian Games Fouaad Mirza on Tuesday he officially became the first Indian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics , ending a wait that covers two decades.

According to the latest classifications issued by the International Federation of Equestrian Sports (FEI), which includes all results between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019, Mirza's qualification at the Tokyo Games has been confirmed.

Mirza, 27, who had won a silver in individual events at the 2018 Asian Games, had scored 34 points on his first Fernhill Facetime horse and 30 with his second Touchingwood horse.

Imtiaz Anees (2000 Sydney) and afternoon Wing Commander IJ Lamba (1996 Atlanta) are the only Indians who have represented the country in the Olympic Games.

The runners had to compete in 4-star tournaments for the Olympic qualifications. Based on an elaborate classification system, a horse-rider duo collects points by participating in tournaments throughout the year.

To earn points, the driver has to finish in the top 25 percent of the number of competitors participating in the tournament. The higher the athlete is ranked in the competition, the more points he gets.

I'm elated, but there's still a lot of work to do. It is a mark of the many boxes. Now we have to prepare the best we can and enter the competition in the best way, Mirza had said.

Last year, Mirza's best horse, Seigneur Medicott, had suffered an injury, affecting the chances of silver medalists of the Asian Games. But the horses have worked well for Mirza.

Mirza rose to fame when he became the first Indian since 1982 to win an individual medal of the Asian Games in riding, in addition to leading the country to second place in the team competition in Jakarta in 2018.

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