Fouaad Mirza qualified to the finals of the jumping event at the Tokyo Olympics final. He is the first Indian equestrian at the Olympics in over twenty years. Imtiaz Anees in 2000 and Late Wing Commander I.J. Lamba in 1996 were the two other Olympians from the country in equestrian. Although it is tough, there would be high expectations from the Bengaluru lad.
Sir Mirza Ismail
Sir Mirza Ismail is an important name in the history of Mysore/Karnataka. He was the Diwan of Mysore for Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and then for Jayachamaraja Wodeyar. He was especially known for his skills in administration. It is under him that the development of Karnataka happened at a quick rate. The Bangalore Town Hall was actually designed by Sir Mirza Ismail.
Fouaad Mirza is Sir Mirza Ismail’s grandson
Currently representing the country in a sport that’s rare in India, Fouaad Mirza happens to be the grandson of Sir Mirza Ismail. Hailing from Bengaluru, Fouaad earned the ticket to Olympics last year after finishing on the top of the rankings in South East Asia, Oceania Group. As part of his training for the Olympics, he is said to have trained with his horses for 12 hours a day.
Fouaad Mirza is a recipient of the Arjuna Award
Fouaad Mirza received the Arjuna Award in 2019. He is an established sportsman and it is overwhelming considering he falls in the lineage of a legendary man who shaped the state of Mysore. Hopefully, he gives his best in the coming years and brings laurels to the nation.