Usman Khan was seven when he initially began pony riding. His dad, a military official at that point, would take him and his more youthful sibling, Salman, for exercises at the Cavalry Ground armed force riding school in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore.
“Growing up, I constantly needed to accomplish something as a competitor for Pakistan,” Khan, the nation’s top equestrian competitor, told Al Jazeera in a telephone meet from Melbourne, Australia, where he dwells.
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“I needed to have the option to contend at the Olympic level, however inspiration has consistently been about Pakistan,” the equestrian holding double nationalities said.
Equestrian is viewed as an elitist sport in Pakistan, unbelievable by many. However, it is one of a bunch of games in which the cricket-cherishing South Asian country will be spoken to at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, which commencement in the Japanese capital in July.
Khan and his pony, Azad Kashmir – named after the Muslim-larger part Himalayan district regulated by Pakistan – verified their lady Olympic spot in the individual eventing discipline in December, turning into the principal Pakistani to do as such.
For the 38-year-old rider, it was a perfection of a 15-year battle that has taken a physical and monetary cost for him.
The difficulties have been incalculable, he said.