Creating history, Fouaad Mirza had won India’s first individual medal in equestrian at the Asian Games in 36 years. This came along with a team silver.
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is hopeful that India will be winning medals in Equestrian at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The reason he is confident about India’s winning chances at the International-level event is because of the two equestrian medals clinched by the national team at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, which reflected how Indian riders have shown a significant improvement with time.
Fouaad Mirza bagged India’s first individual medal in equestrian at the Asian Games in 36 years when he secured silver in Jakarta earlier this year, along with team silver.
Talking on the sidelines of the Delhi Horse Show on Saturday, General Rawat said, “We have to look forward to getting more medals in Asian Games and Olympics. As of now, we are yet to reach the Olympic level.”
“We are at level 1 and we need to reach level 3 but we are on the right track and we will get there”, added General Rawat.
The Army Chief also talked about the complications involved with the import of the best horses required for training purposes. But the Army Chief has now assured that the process of importing horses has finally begun and the Indian riders will soon have the availability of the imported horses to practice.
“I don’t know the reason why we could not import them [in the last 10-15 years] but we have started the process of procuring them. Having a good horse is important but equally important is the chemistry between the ride and the horse and that takes time to develop”.
“So, we are not looking at the 2020 Olympics. If our boys can qualify, then it is great but our aim is to win medals at 2024 Olympics,” he said.
General Rawat also acknowledged the support provided by the government in the Army’s sports program.
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