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Anush Agarwalla to represent India in Paris Olympics: Equestrian Federation

At the upcoming Paris Olympics, the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) picked Anush Agarwalla to represent the country in the Dressage event. He pipped close contender Shruti Vora on a better average after a careful evaluation of the contenders’ recent performances.

 As most riders in past editions competed in Eventing categories only, it will be India’s first-ever entry at the Olympics’ Dressage event.

Agarwalla has been consistent since the Qualification period began last year and achieved the Minimum Eligibility Requirement four times while veteran Shruti Vora earned the required two MERs this month.

When the contenders’ averages were taken out in the assessment, Anush emerged as the winner with an average score of 67.695 %was better than Shruti’s 67.163 %.

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As per the Federation’s criteria, a rider-horse combination must achieve a minimum of 67% twice between January 1, 2023, and June 24, 2024, to be eligible for the Paris Games qualification.

According to EFI selection criteria, if more than one athlete is eligible then the athlete with the highest average in Grand Prix out of the best four events in the past year shall be chosen to participate. Scores at only FEI level competitions 3* and above are counted. These scores have to be achieved at shows from the 2023 to 2024 list of MER events.

Anush Agarwalla achieved MERs four times – 67.936% (Wiesbaden, May 2024), 68.261 % (December 2023 in Mechelen), 67.152 % (December 2023 in Frankfurt), and 67.804 % (October 2023 in Wroclaw).

The Executive Council took the decision unanimously, and the President put his stamp on this decision.

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