Indian Equestrian Makes History, Qualifies for Paris Olympics

Indian Equestrian Makes History, Qualifies for Paris Olympics

Equestrianism, the only Olympic event involving animals, has a rich history in India. In ancient times, chariot races and horse racing were integral parts of the Games. Today, horses continue to captivate audiences, and at the upcoming Paris Olympics, India will make its debut in the dressage event.

Anush Agarwalla, a 24-year-old equestrian, will represent India in Paris, carrying the hopes of a nation. His journey to the Olympics has been marked by sacrifices and unwavering determination. Born into a business family with no sporting background, Agarwalla left home at 17 to train in Germany.

Agarwalla’s success is attributed to his strong bond with his horse, Sir Caramello. He emphasizes the importance of trust and understanding between rider and animal. “The trust level with your horse has to be immaculate,” he says. “Bonding is key.”

Agarwalla’s path to the Olympics was paved by his coach, Hubertus Schmidt, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist. Schmidt’s patience and guidance have been instrumental in Agarwalla’s transformation from a novice to an elite equestrian.

In addition to his Olympic aspirations, Agarwalla is also an advocate for wellness. He believes that bonding with horses can have therapeutic benefits. “Horses can sense your emotions,” he says. “They can help you relax and de-stress.”

Agarwalla’s story is an inspiration to aspiring athletes and horse enthusiasts alike. It demonstrates the power of perseverance, dedication, and the unbreakable bond between humans and animals.

MOC Approves Training and Support for Indian Athletes Ahead of Olympics

MOC Approves Training and Support for Indian Athletes Ahead of Olympics

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has approved a series of proposals to support Indian athletes in their preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games.


Mirabai Chanu, India’s silver medalist in weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics, will train at La Ferte-Milon, Paris, ahead of the Games. The MOC has approved her proposal to travel to Paris nearly a month before her event to acclimatize to the weather and prepare for the competition. Her training camp expenses, including airfare, visa costs, accommodation, food, training costs, and medical insurance, will be covered under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) funding.


Equestrian player Anush Agarwalla has received approval for his proposal to compete in eight competitions and purchase equipment for his horses. TOPS will cover his and his coach’s accommodation costs, entry fees, horse feed costs, coach fees, and horse groom costs.


Judoka Asmita Dey’s proposal for financial assistance to participate in the Grand Prix, Austria, has been approved.


Shooter Arjun Singh Cheema’s request for financial assistance towards participation in the ISAS Dortmund Competition has also been approved.


Newly inducted Indian tennis ace Sumit Nagal’s request for financial assistance towards participation in two international competitions along with expenditure for his support staff has been approved. Their airfare, accommodation cost, coaching fees, and physio/fitness coach/mental trainer fees will be covered under TOPS funding.

Other Approvals:

Other proposals approved by the MOC include financial assistance towards hiring a video analyst for badminton players Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, extension of the contract for weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga’s physiotherapist, and financial assistance towards buying equipment for track athlete Amoj Jacob.

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