Express News Service
CHENNAI: Indian Fouaad Mirza confirmed his place at the Tokyo Olympics by completing the Minimum Qualification Requirements (MERs) and finishing second and third on his horses Seigneur Medicott and Dajara 4 in the CCI44 * Long Event Competition in Boborowko, Pole.
Supported by the Embassy International Riding School, the 29-year-old locked up, supported the outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), the cancellation of events and an injury to his favorite horse Seigneur Medicott to achieve the MER.
The double medalist of the Asian Games earned an Olympic quota for the country last year, and the recent performance in Poland helped him clinch the deal. He will be the third of the country to participate in the horse racing in the Olympic Games. Imtiaz Anees (2000, Sydney) and late commander of wing IJ Lamba (1996, Atlanta) are the other Indians who represented the country at the Games at the sport.
‘He tried to reach the MER on two horses. Fortunately, Seigneur Medicott, who was injured in 2019, recovered last year, ‘Fouaad’s father, Dr Hasneyn Mirza, a well-known veterinarian, said daily.
Dr Hasneyn acknowledged that Fouaad had found it difficult to find opportunities to reach the MER due to the existing situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Achieving MORE was not very difficult, but the real problem was finding events. Covid led to the cancellation of events and then EHV-1 broke out. So there just weren’t enough opportunities. This was the last possible event, because by 21 June you must deliver qualifying results, ”he added.
With the confirmation of the Olympic ticket, the Bengaluru boy will now continue to train before the Games in Germany. ‘He will leave for Tokyo directly from his training base in Germany. The horses must continue to compete, “said the father.
Fouaad now has to choose one horse between the two for the Olympics and he has until July 1 for that. And Dr Hasneyn is confident that his son will do his best in the four-year event.