Rider Fouaad Mirza has defined himself as “crushed” by means of his selection for the Arjuna Award.
Mirza shone at final year’s Asian Games, prevailing a silver medal in person eventing and every other as part of the Indian side within the group occasion.
“I am overwhelmed with this statement and grateful to the selection committee which has taken into consideration me appropriate for the Arjuna Award,” Mirza said right here on Saturday.
“It could be my honor to be felicitated on the Rashtrapati Bhavan by way of the President.”
The 27-yr-antique from Bengaluru trains at the Embassy International Riding School. Last yr, he has become the primary Indian rider to win an Asian Gamesman or woman medal in equestrian considering the fact that 1982.
It hasn’t been all clean cruising for Mirza. His participation in the match changed into clear at the 11th hour, because of some troubles with the Equestrian Federation of India.
This 12 months, his primary horse Seigneur Medicott, astride which he enjoyed achievement at the Asian Games, suffered an injury that has forged a shadow over his potentialities of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
“With Seigneur Medicott rendered hours de fight, it’s going to very hard. He changed into splendid and we had awesome chemistry. However, Fernhill Facetime and Touchingwood are very capable horses. I desire to qualify for the Olympics. That’s my principal aim proper now,” he said.
Jitu Virwani, Chairman and MD, Embassy Group stated, “This a proud moment for the Indian equestrian, I am overjoyed to look Fouaad being honored with the Arjuna Award.”