- Janhvi Mule
- PRESS24 NEWS correspondent
If someone thinks about the Indian participants participating in the Olympics, then a picture of players, coaches, sports officials will emerge in his mind. But do you know that this time a mare is also representing India in the Tokyo Olympics?
Her name is Dayara-4 and she will compete in the Olympics with Indian equestrian player Fawad Mirza. Born in the year 2011, Dayara is a mare of German Bay Holsteiner breed. Its color is brown. So far it has played 23 tournaments and won five of them.
The Embassy Group, which sponsored Fawad, had bought Dayara in the year 2019. For this, he had to pay an amount of 2,75,000 euros (about two crore 43 lakh rupees). The Embassy Group had bought three more horses for Fawad.
Out of these Dayara-4 and Senur Medicott qualified for the Olympics. Given the current performance of both the horses, Fawad has decided to play alongside Dayara at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Dayara is in great form right now and she can handle the pressure of performing at the world level,” he says.
Horse riding is a different sport from other sports. Here the relationship of the players i.e. the horsemen with their horse is very important. Horsemen spend a few years with the horse, training with it, and even caring for it in order to build such a relationship.
Fawad says, “If you work with horses for years, you can build a relationship of trust with them. Whether it’s feeding or taking care of the horses in the stables, the hours spent in this strengthen the bond with the horses.” to help.”
He has formed a similar relationship with Dayara as well.
Quarantine for horses too
Born and brought up in Bangalore, Fawad is 29 years old. These days he is practicing in a village in north-west Germany. He spends about twelve hours a day with and training the horses. Fawad and Dayara will soon leave for the Tokyo Olympics.
Like other athletes and officials, horses will also have to spend time in quarantine under the Kovid protocol. Therefore, Fawad and Dayara will be in isolation for seven days before and after reaching Tokyo.
There is also a special team with Fawad to look after Dayara. The team includes horse caretaker Johanna Pohonen, veterinary doctor Gregorio Melise and physiotherapist Veronica Sinz.
Fawad believes Dayara will do well in the Olympics. In the year 2020, Dayara was able to participate in only five competitions as many competitions could not be held due to Corona epidemic.
But this time he is in good form. She finished fifth in the competition held in Italy. She then finished third in the competition held in Baborowko, Poland, and second in the FEI Nations Cup held in Sturzegom, Poland.
20 wait for the year
For the first time in two decades, an equestrian is representing India at the Olympics. Before Fawad, the late Wing Commanders IJ Lamba and Imtiaz Anees are the only Indians who have represented India in equestrianism at the Olympics.
Wing Commander IJ Lamba represented India in the equestrian events at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Imtiaz Anees got a wild card entry in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Fawad qualified for the Olympics last year, but this is not his first major sporting event. Fawad has won a silver medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta (Indonesia) in two categories, individual event and team event.
For this achievement, he was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2019. Fawad will represent India in the individual event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Last year he topped the South and East Asia-Oceania group world rankings and secured an Olympic ticket. Fawad’s father is a veterinarian and is fond of horse riding since childhood.
Will Dayara promote horse riding in India?
Horses have an important place in the history and culture of India. Whether it is the pearl of Shivaji Maharaj or Krishna, the Chetak of Maharana Pratap or the cloud of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Horses have also played an important role in the stories of India.
The Bhimthadi horses of the Deccani breed are believed to have contributed significantly to the expansion of the Maratha Empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
There is still a big market of horses in Sarangkheda, Maharashtra where business worth crores is done. Despite this, horse riding is not very popular as a sport in India.
“The main reason for this is that the game is very expensive and requires a lot of investment,” says Jeetu Virwani, chairman and managing director, Embassy Group.
He further says, “There are a lot of hurdles in buying horses. We had to struggle a lot to send the team to the Asian Games. But now we are hopeful that the situation will change.”
Equestrian sport is not very popular in India but experts believe that Fawad and Dayara can change this. Fawad also agrees that seeing Dayara will increase people’s interest in these games.
He says, “We are already on the way to make history and Dayara will help in this journey. She is a very nice, very beautiful mare. I hope she will draw people’s attention towards this sport and inspire the younger generation.” Will do.”
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