Asiad silver medallist says, India have chance to qualify for equestrian in Tokyo
"I have a good chance to help India qualify for the 2020 Olympics," Fouaad told PTI ahead of the ninth edition of Equestrian Premier League conducted by Embassy International Riding School (ERIS) here.
The school has been holding the league for the past eight years. The event is a platform for young and talented riders to encourage them to pursue the sport as professionals.
Jibran Khan, a product of EIRS, won the open category title event this year.
"Japan, New Zealand and Australia have already qualified for Olympics on the basis of being a host nation for conducting world equestrian competitions," he said.
Asked if he would provide financial support to other riders forming team India for Olympics, Embassy Group chief Jitu Virwani, who is helping Fouaad, said, "I would sponsor the riders if I am assured by the Equestrian Federation of India to send them for 2020 Olympics.":
Virwani said the Indian government has to take several steps including softening of quarantine regulations to popularise the sport in the country.
"The quarantine regulations make the sport even more expensive, and it becomes difficult for equestrian enthusiasts to get horses into India," he added.
(With inputs from agencies.)