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After Asiad success, next target is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Ashish

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Riding high after claiming an team silver in equestrian, India's Malik has set his sights on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, a target he describes as extremely tough given the time left for the 2020 Games.

alongwith his teammates Rakesh Kumar, and claimed the silver with a score of 121.30 in jumping team event.

"We really hope we make it to the and be good enough to win a medal one day. We really want to make the country proud at the Olympics," Rohtak-born Ashish, who took up equestrian in his school days, told from

"It will take minimum 5-6 years to win an Olympic medal. We are riding one star and is four star, it will be extremely tough and for that we need to keep competing with the best of the world.

"Immediate target is to qualify for the Tokyo but I know the time is very less. We really need to be super focussed and we have to be really strong to take on the challenge. I hope destiny takes me there," he added.

The Indian equestrian team had a nightmarish journey to as it got accreditation only a day before it was scheduled to leave for the Games.

There was also a controversy with declaring the selection null and void, following infighting among office-bearers in the Federation.

Asked how difficult it was to keep their focus in such circumstances, said: "Selection is the job of the selectors, as players we are only focussed on our training and preparation. We had five months to prepare for the event. It was a little difficult situation, but we had good equipment and good trainer and in this short span of time we could deliver results."

Ashish attributed the success of the team to two-time Olympian from France, and Jitu Virwani, owner of Embassy group.

"It was an out of the world feeling to win a medal. We have been training for long time. But there are many who are behind this medal, we have been trained by ( two-time Olympian from France) for last seven months in France," he said.

"We got a lot of support from Mr He really helped us in getting horses, sponsoring the team, sending us to He has helped the sport grow in the country. I am also thankful to the federation, and our trainer for helping us.

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First Published: Tue, August 28 2018. 17:05 IST
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