The Equestrian Federation of India announced the Indian Dressage team for the forthcoming 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China from 23 September. Divyakriti Singh from Jaipur has been selected in the team.
An elated Divyakirti, who is an alumnus of The Palace School, Jaipur and Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer, said: “It’s a proud moment for me to be selected to represent India at the Asian Games. To compete at the Asian games has been a dream for me and I know that I share this dream with so many riders back home. It is a humbling experience and I am grateful to my horses, trainers and the Indian federation.”
The other team members are Anush Agarwalla from Kolkata, Sudipti Hajela from Indore and Hriday Cheda from Pune. The dressage competitions for the Individual and Team category are scheduled to take place from 26 to 30 September at the Tonglu Equestrian Centre in Hangzhou.
The selection trials for the shortlisted Indian riders had taken place over the last three months in Europe. The probables had to undergo a strenuous training and competing routine and were asked to compete against best International talent in International Dressage Competitions judged by International Jury comprising of Federation Equestrian International ( FEI ) Star rated judges. The riders performed well in the trials and pulled off remarkable competition scores. The team’s aggregate scores are at par with Silver/ Gold Medal winning scores of the last three Asian Games in 2018, 2014 & 2010.
All the riders selected have been based in Europe for the last over two years with their horses. As per the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Dressage rankings released earlier this year, Divyakriti Singh was Ranked No 14 in the World & No. 1 in Asia earlier this year.