Fouaad Mirza, most renowned for being the first Indian to win an individual medal in the Asian Games, carved another notch for himself when he qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic to represent India at the Games. The announcement will be officially made on 20th, February 2020 by the International Equestrian Federation (IEF).
Already a double-medal winner at the last Asian Games as well as the recipient of the famed Arjuna Award by the Government of India, Fouaad Mirza kept his winning streak ablaze after he secured as the best rider in his Olympic qualifiers group. Fouaad secured the top rank in Group G for South East, Oceania in the single eventing category which was held in Europe in early November 2019.
The 27-year old equestrian champion scored 34 points with the first horse on Fernhill Facetime and 30 points with the second horse at Touchwood, scoring a total of 64 points in the six qualifying events for the individual eventing.
Fouaad and the other riders had to go through a minimum 4-Star level tournament to meet the Olympics qualifiers criteria. In addition, a complex ranking system based on rider-horse collected points through the different tournaments in the year was used for evaluating rider qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Japan.
Commenting on his win, Fouaad was excited and elated at qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics however he felt there is still significant work to be done. He is leaving no stone unturned to stay in shape and showcase his top form at the 2020 Summer Olympics next year.
In 2018, Fouaad Mirza became immensely popular when he won a medal at the Asian Games in the Individual category at Jakarta, while also helping the team to rank 2nd in the team championship event.