Double Asian Games medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza on Tuesday officially became the first Indian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, ending a wait spanning two decades.
As per the latest rankings issued by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), which include all results between January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, Mirza’s Tokyo Games qualification has been confirmed.
The 27-year-old Mirza, who had won a silver in individual eventing in the 2018 Asian Games, had scored 34 points on his first horse Fernhill Facetime and 30 with his second horse Touchingwood.
Imtiaz Anees (2000 Sydney) and Late Wing Commander IJ Lamba (1996 Atlanta) are the only Indians to have represented the country at the Olympics.
The riders had to compete at 4 star level tournaments for Olympic qualifications. Based on an elaborate ranking system, a rider-horse duo collects points by taking part in tournaments throughout the year.