Tokyo Olympics – Equestrian Qualification: Fouaad Mirza officially confirmed his spot in the Tokyo Olympics after an impressive performance at an event in Poland over the weekend. Mirza achieved the necessary Minimum Eligibility Requirement on both his horses Dajara and Seigneur Medicott in the CCI44*. The twin Asian Games silver medalist finished third and second respectively at the Baborowko Equestrian festival in Poland.
The 29-year-old is the third Indian equestrian after Indrajit Lamba (1996) and Imtiaz Anees (2000), and the first in over twenty years, to book an individual spot in Eventing at the Olympic Games. He had earned the quota last year and the MER fulfillment ticks the final box in qualification.
Tokyo Olympics: Road to Games not easy
While his dream has come true, it has not been an easy one to achieve. The Bengaluru born’s route was filled with many hurdles. He had to overcome lockdowns in his training base of Germany, cancelled events and an injury to his horse Seigneur Medicott.
“Ideally I’d have liked to complete my MER earlier this year but because of the EHV it was pretty much left to the last minute, which didn’t help with the pressure, of course. But look, it’s worked out in our favour. We’re going to have a couple of weeks rest now and then crack on with our training,” he told ESPN.
He has now returned to training base in Bergedorf, a village in north-west Germany where he will now resume training for teh Games.
“Before heading to Tokyo, we’d like to get into one more competition hopefully, so I’ll have to take a look at the schedule and see when we can fit it in,” he added.